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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Matthew Wilder – “Don’t Break My Stride” (1983)

August 24, 2008 at 4:35 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Another pop-reggae classic, this time by Matthew Wilder – he was basically a one hit wonder. This was a Top 5 hit in 1983. He later worked as a producer for Christina Aguilera, No Doubt and Kelly Clarkson.

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Musical Youth – “Pass the Dutchie” (1982)

August 24, 2008 at 4:30 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Everyone should know this one. A huge hit back in 1982 by this group of youngsters. This pop-reggae song was nominated for a Grammy and the band itself won the Grammy for best new artist in 1983. They disappeared soon after though.

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Scotty – “Draw Your Brakes” (1971)

August 24, 2008 at 4:20 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

From The Harder They Come soundtrack – this was originally known as “Stop That Train” by Keith & Tex and was a big rocksteady hit in the late 60s. This was one of the only big songs that Scotty (born David Scott) had. Great song though…

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The Melodians – “Rivers of Babylon” (1969)

August 15, 2008 at 2:11 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

This came out in 1969 and was later released on The Harder They Come soundtrack from 1972. The Melodians were one of the greatest rocksteady vocal groups and in 1969, started recording many great reggae songs for famed producer Leslie Kong. This is one of their most well-known songs.  

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Yellowman – “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” (1983)

August 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

The great dancehall dj Yellowman doing one of his tongue-twisting classics. He ad-libbed all the lyrics in the studio.
He got his stage name because he was born an albino, which carries a terrible social stigma in Jamaica. Yellowman was the first dancehall superstar in reggae and has had many hits over the years.  

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Eek-A-Mouse – “Sensee Party” (1982) – “Looking Sexy” & “Modeling Queen” (1980)

August 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Ludicrous, bizarre, and uniquely original, few DJs have made such a splash in the dancehall scene than Eek-A-Mouse. He invented the “sing-jay” vocal style, which was basically a combination of singing and DJ’ing. He sang nonsense lyrics in a very nasally voice and should have been just a novelty act. Somehow though, he stuck around for many years and had quite a few hits. 
This is the first 3 songs from his brilliant & ridiculous Skidip! from 1982. Actually, “Looking Sexy” and “Modeling Queen” came out on singles back in 1980. “Looking Sexy” was released originally under the title “Walking Sexy.”  
Anyhow, once you’ve heard Eek-A-Mouse, you may hate him, but you’ll never forget him.   

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Peter Tosh – “Legalize It” (1976)

August 9, 2008 at 10:29 pm (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Peter’s great 1976 title track from his debut solo album (after leaving The Wailers). Timeless reggae…

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Bunny Wailer – “Cool Runnings” (1981)

August 9, 2008 at 10:10 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

Former Wailer doing one of his most beautiful and popular songs…he’s definitely one of the greatest vocalists in reggae history.

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Althea and Donna – “Uptown Top Ranking” (1978)

August 9, 2008 at 1:41 am (Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Teenagers Althea Forest and Donna Reid (no, not the actress) had a big hit in England and Jamaica with this much-covered song in 1978. This was their one great offering with musical backing by The Revolutionaries.     

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