Max Romeo & the Upsetters – “War ina Babylon” (1976)

August 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

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Junior Murvin – “Police & Thieves” (1976)

August 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

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Pato Banton – “Never Give Up” (1987)

October 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

The title track from Pato Banton’s 1987 album which featured his pro-ganja hit “Don’t Sniff Coke.”

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Shinehead – “Hello Y’All” (1988)

April 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

Bronx toaster Shinehead’s 1988 rap-reggae hit “Hello Y’All,” which came out on the Unity album…

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Pato Banton – “Don’t Sniff Coke” (1987)

April 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

Pato Banton, who first came to national recognition, by appearing on The English Beat’s 1982 album Special Beat Service, came out with this humorous anti-coke and pro-gangja classic in 1987 on his Never Give In album. I spun this record quite a bit when I was 17.

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Noel Ellis – “To Hail Selassie” (1983)

January 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm (Dub, Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Another great track from Ellis’ self-titled 1983 dub-heavy reggae classic…

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Noel Ellis – “Memories” (1983)

November 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm (Dub, Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Great dub-inflected track from the little-known and unjustly ignored self-titled album by Noel Ellis from 1983.

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Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Is This Love” (1978)

October 15, 2008 at 11:46 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Taken from the 1978 album Kaya, one of Bob’s greatest creations. This is simply one of those songs you never get tired of hearing.

NOTE: If this song says it’s no longer available, just click on it twice & it should bring up another screen that will automatically play it.

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The Clash w/ Mikey Dread – “Rockers Galore…UK Tour” (1980)

September 1, 2008 at 3:18 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Jamaican producer and toaster Mikey Dread sings over the “Bankrobber” dub melody (this was the B-side) from June 1980. Very hard to find now.
Outside of Eek-A-Mouse, Dread probably had the strangest singing voice in reggae. This is in tribute to him, as he passed away not too long ago. He was a production genius and should not be forgotten. 

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Burning Spear – “Marcus Garvey” (1975)

August 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

The great Burning Spear (the group and the man) performing one of his signature songs.  The man also known as Winston Rodney has been making records and touring for about 40 years now and is one of reggae’s most respected artists.

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