Various Artists Compilation Album: Clarks in Jamaica

Greensleeves, in conjunction with One Love Books, is proud to present ‘Clarks in Jamaica’ the album tie-in with Al Fingers’ critically acclaimed book of the same name which chronicles the celebrated status of Clarks shoes in Jamaica.

Various Artists - Clarks in Jamaica - Artwork

Various Artists – Clarks in Jamaica – Artwork

Al, who compiled the CD and recently gave a talk on the subject at the V&A says, “Growing up in England I’ve always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music. Vybz Kartel‘s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.

 

Super Cat’s Career Highlighted in new mix

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 Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 22 – Super Cat takes Center Stage

Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname,

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.

 

Chronixx Takes the Stage in Atlanta and Does not Disappoint

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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.
Kahlil Wonda and Chronixx backstage at The Atrium  (Stone Mountain, GA)

Kahlil Wonda and Chronixx backstage at The Atrium
(Stone Mountain, GA)

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.

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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.

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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)

5 People talk about Jamaican Music and lifestyle as a vehicle for tourism. Sting is the hottest vehicle for reaching this market. Sting reaches out and supports real people. Supreme Promotions, through the Sting brand, has been at the forefront of the development of Dancehall, through innovative approaches to marketing, artiste development, show production, and promotion. This year will be no exception, as Supreme works with its partners DSR to step up the celebration in this “the diamond year“. This year Sting is bringing dancehall and reggae to where fans live in the Caribbean, the U.S.A., the U.K., Japan and Germany. We want further global support for our music and we have the PR campaign to maximize the opportunity. We’re ‘Bringing the Sting’!!

#BringTheSting The 30th Anniversary of Sting, the Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Show on Earth

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Tonight, Boxing Day, December 26th , 2013, Sting, the Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Show on earth celebrates 30 years.  SuperCat, Wyclef and the fully loaded lineup are ready to #BringTheSting to JamWorld PortMore.

If you can’t make it to the venue in Jamaica for this historic event, watch online or via Pay-Per-View from anywhere in the world. SuperCat-Returns-to-Sting

Log on to http://www.bringthesting.com/ or www.Facebook.com/reggaestingja for more information.

King Jammy’s Hit Songs: A History and Musical Mix

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The ‘80s was the age of dancehall and Lloyd ‘Jammy’ James was King.  King Jammys’ label churned out hit after hit, while his Sound System ruled the streets of Jamaica.

The ‘80s was the age of dancehall and Lloyd ‘Jammy’ James was King.  King Jammys' label churned out hit after hit, while his Sound System ruled the streets of Jamaica.     Listen to this Reggae Vault Classics  Featured Icon segment paying tribute  to the pioneering producer that forever changed the sound of reggae music.

Download Reggae Vault Classics episode #52

 Listen to this Reggae Vault Classics  Featured Icon segment paying tribute  to the pioneering producer that forever changed the sound of reggae music.

 

Reggae Vault Classics 9 – 80s and 90s Freestyle Mix

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Shabba Ranks & Friends album cover
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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.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing.  Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to kahlil.wonda@gmail.com or feel free to comment at here.  If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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

Media files
Reggae_Vault_Classics_9.mp3 (MP3 Format Sound, 59.7 MB)