This Reggae Lover episode features the legendary reggae singer known as Don Carlos.
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Don Carlos was born Euvin Spencer in the Western Kingston district known as Waterhouse. If you didn’t know, this is one of the roughest parts of Kingston. I was also the birthplace of the group Black Uhuru, and super producers King Tubby and King Jammy.
Notice the consistency of the roots reggae sound and distinct vocal delivery in all the songs. Don Carlos began his career in 1973 as an original member of Black Uhuru along with Garth Ennis and Duckie Simpson. After a few years, the trio split and Don Carlos launched into a solo career.
In 1981 he dropped “Suffering,” an album that exploded on the scene becoming popular especially in Africa. Don Carlos was then solidified as a soloist. During the years between 80 and 85, he was also very popular on the Dancehall scene with many top 10 hits. Songs heard on this mix include the Volcano label hits, Hog and Goat, I’m Not Going Crazy, and Laser Beam.
Don continued releasing albums and touring throughout the 80s. Black Uhuru’s original members reunited from 1989-1994 before splitting again. Since then, Don Carlos has been one of the busiest touring artists out of Jamaica. He rocked the stage at Reggae on the River in California this summer. He has performed at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and other major festivals globally.
He will be on tour in 2019 to support a new album called Golden Classics. You can check him out at DonCarlosReggae.Com or coming to a stage near you.
Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix.
Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy‘s King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry “Junjo” Lawe’s Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system.
Josey Wales is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay.
Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale’s voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker.
Josey Wales was one of dancehall’s founding fathers
Josey Wales Playlist:
Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin
Young, Gifted & Yellow is a 2 CD / DVD Anthology of the legendary Yellowman the inimitable deejay whose style and originality broke Jamaican dancehall to international acclaim in the mid 1980s.
In stores now, the deluxe package includes:
– 40 re-mastered tracks including rare & classic favorites
– A full 25 minute concert performance DVD recorded at Reggae Sunsplash in 1988
– Sleeve notes written by Reggae historian Noel Hawkes
Kingston Jamaica born reggae singer, producer and actorLeroy Smart is the featured artist on this episode of the Reggae Vault Classics podcast as heard live on Daflavaradio.com. This mix includes some of my favorites from ‘The Don’ like his 1982 Volcano hit I Am The Don, his Channel One smash Ballistic Affair, and a solid cover of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain in a roots reggae style.