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Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul, the late great dancehall icon sang many classic tunes that will forever extend his legacy.

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58 | Download links and tracklist are below

I was inspired to pay tribute to FP because of his beloved voice and his great body of work in the music industry, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to this episode being released.  If you are missing Frankie Paul, go ahead and listen to this mix for some upliftment and celebrate our fallen general. Buy his music, share it, and play it. Look into his life story if you are unfamiliar. You will see that foundation reggae artists and musicians do not get their proper due.  In far too many cases their careers are “unsung” and their contributions are underrated and forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie Paul’s family and loved ones and I hope that he receives as much recognition as he deserves for being one of the quintessential figures in the history of reggae, Jamaica’s greatest claim to fame. There are many other trailblazers that need to be highlighted and honored. Thank you for taking some time out to download or stream Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 58, a Tribute to Frankie Paul, and a dedication to the reggae lover in you.

Frankie Paul Playlist:

  1.  Worries In the Dance (Trojan version)
  2. Don’t Worry Yourself
  3. Jah Jah Children
  4. Children of Israel
  5. Alesha
  6. Stars
  7. The Girl Is Mine
  8. Love Is Like Candy
  9. You Came Running Back
  10. Sindie
  11. Worries In The Dance (Volcano version)
  12. Do Good
  13. Ready or Not
  14. Skettel
  15. Pass Di Kushumpeng
  16. Loose Off A Dem
  17. Pass The Dub Plate
  18. Stuck On You
  19. Casanova
  20. Foreign Mind
  21. I Know the Score
  22. Come and Talk To Me
  23. Agony
  24. Steady Skanking
  25. I Need You
  26. Big and Ready ft. Heavy D, and Super Cat
  27. Out Your Mind
  28. I Miss Your Love
  29. Don Man
  30. Where Is That Love
  31. Ghetto Man Skank
  32. Curfew In the Dance
  33. Mistri Lady
  34. Giving You the Benefit
  35. Cassandra
  36. Head To Toe
  37. Bring Yu Body Come ft. Buju Banton
  38. We Rule The Border
  39. Sarah
  40. Day Oh
  41. Idle Jubie
  42. I Just Wanna Love You
  43. Call The Brigade

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"Episode 36 - Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture"

Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture Mix

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Barrington Levy is one of the only reggae singers to have great success throughout the entire decade of the the 1980s. He recorded prolifically with many of his releases topping charts in Jamaica and the UK while he maintained his relevance in the dancehall from then until now.

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A Reggae Lover Podcast listener suggested that I feature Barrington’s work, so I have selected this portion of tunes which highlights some of my favorite reality tunes and features many of the Joe Gibbs and Volcano roots recordings. A follow-up mix that covers lovers rock will be coming soon.

Barrington Levy Playlist:

1 Now A Days
2 Don’t Fuss or Fight
3 Do Good
4 Murderer
5 Too Poor
6 Praise His Name
7 Sensimelea
8 Under Me Sensi
9 Collie Weed
10 Dont Pretend
11 Mine Your Mouth
12 This Little Boy
13 Jah Is With Me
14 Prison Oval Rock
15 Money Move
16 Teach The Youths
17 Black Roses
18 My Time