Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 22 – Super Cat takes Center Stage
Super Cat, Don Dada album artwork.
Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, “Wild Apache”, was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.
This is not a commercial mix so if your’e listenting for the collaborations with Kriss Kross, Biggie Smalls, and 112 recorded after Cat was signed to Columbia Records, you are in the wrong place.
This mix goes back to the roots in the Cockburn Pen / Seaview Gardens section of Kingston, captures the style Super Cat brought live on stage performing with KillamanJaro Sound System, and tours through recordings produced by Steely & Clevie, King Jammy‘s, and his own Wild Apache Productions label.
About an hour in length, here is the #ReggaeLover tribute to Super Cat, a major figure in the positive-consciousness dancehall movement.
His long awaited first show in the Atlanta area promised to be epic and it was indeed as Chronixx along with his Zinc Fence Redemption band rocked the Atrium event center in Stone Mountain, Georgia this past Saturday night.
I arrived at the almost-sold-out venue just after Chronixx entered the stage – approximately 2:30 a.m. There was a sea of people congregated to see the world’s current top reggae act live in person, but this was no ordinary Atlanta reggae concert crowd. I saw diversity! Every race and age group seemed to be represented and Chronixx was apparently poised to back up all the hype that has surrounded his name for the past year and a half.
The backing band was sonically flawless all night long, delivering the bass lines and melodic accompaniment that Chronixx demands on the road. He only performs with his Zinc Fence crew and together they are a killer performance team – a musical force to be reckoned with. This time around they created a synergy that lasted for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes on stage at the Atrium.
2013’s Reggae artist of the year, credited with being the catalyst of the present Reggae revival controlled the crowd like a veteran, injecting more energy and understanding into the audience with relevant speech in between musical sets.
Chronixx offered singles from the “Dread and Terrible” EP and all were graciously received by the Atlanta onlookers. To the delight of fans, he served up songs that helped solidify his title as leader on the new school such as “Odd Ras (Nah Follow Nobody),” “Behind Curtain,” and “Smile Jamaica.” He infused Bob Marley and Super Cat lyrics as a part of the whole package, which all came off very well. After returning for an encore set, Mr. McNaughton finally closed out and bid the Atlanta people farewell.
Even though for many reasons (which I will not list right now) the Atrium is far from being my favorite concert venue, I will give the “Dread and Terrible” tour’s Atlanta show extremely high ratings. This was one of the best performances I have seen here in a very long time (think 1990s). Kudos to the promotion team of Pak Entertainment and Webba Promo. For Chronixx, the future is bright, and reggae is in good hands.
Dread & Terrible (download)
Reggae Vault Classics 9 is another Kahlil Wonda 80s and 90s freestyle mix consisting of hardcore dancehall and commercial hits from singers such as Pinchers, Sanchez and Wayne Wonder. Anthem tunes from Junior Reid, Jesse Gender, Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks, Papa San, Supercat, Ninja Man, and Papa San and featured along with other essentials from the 80s and 90s. This is a must listen, guaranteed to take you back in time if you are familiar with the reggae music from this era, and a great resource, along with the other Reggae Vault Classics podcast episodes if you have recently been introduced to or are less familiar with this great music.
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Reggae Vault Classics 9
1 Ra Pa Pam Pam – Junior Reid
2 Rudebwoy Remember – Jesse Gender
3 Borderline – Pinchers
4 Dolly My Baby (Groove Me) – Supercat
5 Boom Shack Attack (Remix) – Born Jamericans
6 Champion Lover – Deborah Glasgowe & Shabba Ranks (noisy)
7 Strange – Papa San
8 Cover Me – Tinga Stewart & Ninja Man
9 Gal A Watch You – Alton Black
10 Wicked In A Bed – Shabba Ranks
11 No Mama Man – Shabba Ranks
12 I’ll Be Loving You – Wayne Wonder
13 That Girl – Sanchez
14 That Sound – Sanchez
15 When I’m With You – Wayne Wonder
17 The Grudge – Buju Banton
18 Peanie Peanie – Shabba Ranks
19 Cellular Phone – Bounty Killer
20 Gun Fool – Terror Fabulous
21 Today Was A Good Day – Spragga Benz
22 Lazy Body – Echo Minott
23 Black Scorpio – Johnny Clark
24 Boops – Supercat
Reggae_Vault_Classics_9.mp3 (MP3 Format Sound, 59.7 MB)