American reggae band Soja topped the Itunes Reggae Chart. "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill, lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C. based American reggae band SOJA, in a late July interview with Billboard following their performance at Manhattan's Pier 97, as part of the Michael Franti/Spearhead led Soulshine tour. Check the entire billboard article here
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Internationally renowned singer/producer, Richie Loop aims to add more heat to the hottest season of the year with his pulsating new single, Turn It Up. Music lovers will want to Turn It Up anytime they hear this song play across the airwaves; a must listen for the summer and beyond.
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“Skina” is the newest artist on the scene to bring the essence of Jamaica’s urban music to diehard dancehall reggae fans in the United States and the Caribbean. Combining a unique performance style and a refreshing way with words, Skina’s career is off to a promising start. here is his latest single Way She Whine
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The Harder They Come (1973) was the movie and soundtrack that launched reggae into prominence, especially in the USA.
Reggae was generally overshadowed in the USA by other Caribbean music such as calypso. Then in 1968 Desmond Dekkerscored a Top Ten hit with “Israelites.” AfterJohnny Nash reached #1 with the reggae-infused pop single “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1972, American interest expanded dramatically. However, The Harder They Come soundtrack was a UK hit for almost a year before being released in the USA.
Jimmy Cliff, the movie’s lead actor, composed and performed the album’s most popular songs: “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “The Harder They Come.” But all the performers deliver great music, especially Dekker (“Shanty Town”), The Maytals (“Pressure Drop”), and The Slickers (“Johnny Too Bad”).
Several hit tracks also inspired hit covers: “Sitting In Limbo” (Cliff) by The Neville Brothers, and “Rivers of Babylon” (The Melodians) by Boney M. Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” has inspired dozens of covers.
This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
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In 2003 The Harder They Come was reissued with a bonus disc. It includes Jimmy Cliff’s first hits, “Wonderful World, Beautiful People,” and “Vietnam.” It also includes “Israelites,” and “I Can See Clearly Now.” Cliff performs a marvelous cover of Nash’s classic on another soundtrack: Cool Runnings.
Calling himself 'your ace from outer space', U-Roy revolutionized the musical style of reggae in 1969. Even though U-Roy was not the first microphone artist, he was the first to gain recognition through recording this style. U-Roy popularized and gained a wider audience for "toasting"; rapping over "versions" of popular songs remixed by King Tubby. Considered one of Jamaica's first Deejay stars, "U-Roy raised the art of toasting to new heights. He didn't just spit a few phrases here and there, he rode the riddim from the starting gate to the last furlong". U-Roy working with Duke Reid created a "version" of the Paragons' "Wear You to the Ball" which became the first "toast" record to make an impact in 1969.
U-Roy's musical career began in 1961 when he began deejaying at various sound systems. This included a stint operating Sir Coxsone Dodd's Number Two set, while King Stitt "The Ugly One" ran the main set. U-Roy eventually worked with King Tubby at Duke Reid's Sound System in the late 1960s. Around this period, King Tubby had started to experiment with his studio equipment in an attempt to create new effects and sounds, which would eventually lead to a new style of reggae called dub music. With U-Roy as his most prominent deejay and with access to some of Treasure Isle Studios' finestrocksteady rhythms, King Tubby's new sound became extraordinarily popular and U-Roy became a local celebrity. However, his first single - "Earth's Rightful Ruler" - was not a King Tubby collaboration; it was recorded with Peter Tosh for Lee "Scratch" Perry.
He recorded Dynamic Fashion Way (his first successful release) for Keith Hudson in 1969, and then went on to work with almost every major producer on the island: Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Bunny Lee,Phil Pratt, Sonia Pottinger, Rupie Edwards, Alvin Ranglin and Lloyd Daley.
In 1970, Jamaican singer John Holt who was the lead vocalist of The Paragons became a fan of U-Roy's technique. Working with Duke Reid, U-Roy's fame grew through a series of singles, including "Wake the Town" and "Wear You to the Ball".
U-Roy's success continued throughout the 1970s, perhaps most famously with the album Dread in a Babylon, produced by "Prince" Tony Robinson and propelled by the album's skank smash hit "Runaway Girl". The album cover featured an iconic picture of U-Roy disappearing in a thick cloud of cannabis smoke while holding a chalice, and included the song "Chalice in the Palace", which in a satirical manner he imagines smoking ganja with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in Buckingham Palace. U-Roy had become one of Jamaica's biggest stars by the early 1980s, also garnering significant acclaim in the United Kingdom. His most recent album was 2000's Serious Matter. U-Roy was awarded Jamaica's Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer on 15 October 2007. The music of U-Roy was frequently played on Joe Strummer's London Calling (BBC World Service) radio show.
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The Bomber by Sly and Robbie of The BlackWood Dub Album
Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare have been the ‘go to’ team for anyone needing a rhythm section for years and a quick look at their discography leaves you in no doubt about the quality of their bosses but their personal products haven’t been as great – the last thing I had was the execrable ‘Rhythm Killers’.
This, on the other hand, is a superb release.
Their #1 engineer from their own Mixing Lab, Alberto ‘Burur’ Blackwood, called them up to record for him and he has produced this together with Gilroy ‘Rolex’ Stewart Sly & Robbie loved the idea of recording a dub album for the first time in years and got together with some of their favourite partners – Mikey Mao Chung & Dalton Browne on guitars, Ansel Collins on keyboards and Sticky & Skully on percussion. They headed out to the Harry J Studios and called up the Compass Point Allstars and laid down a simply stunning album.
The thing here that sets them apart from almost anyone else is the confidence of the playing and production. Everything is where it needs to be and the album has the feel of being played straight through – if you can imagine a ‘Live’ dub album.
Robbie Shakespeare’s bass is, as you would expect, the fulcrum around which the whole album turns with Sly’s drums generating the counterpoint and the work around these two creates a huge and dark maze of sound.
Frankly, this shows the rest how it should be done, setting a new marker for the youngsters coming through.
Listen to it once and it sounds powerful and fine, listen again and you can hear the finer detail and the third time it all comes together in a symphony of dub.
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