The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Sisters

REGGAE SISTERS

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the women of Reggae Music.

The I-Threes – Many Are Called

Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon

Judy Mowatt – Black Woman

Rita Marley – Harambe

Tanya Stephens – Handle The Ride

Spice – Like A Man

Althea – Down Town Thing

China – Cherry Garden

Cherine Anderson – Talk If Yuh Talking

Jah9 – Warning

Sister Carol – Dread Natty Congo

Natasja – Op Med Hovendet

Queen Ifrica – Far Away

Donna Hinds – Run Away Pet

Tanya Stephens – Boom Wuk

Lady Saw – Man Haffi Mind Wi

Foxy Brown & Sizzla – Come Fly With Me

Ce’Cile – Ride or Die

Kim Swain – Here We Come

Etana – Trigger

Louisa Mark – Keep It Like It Is

Tanya Stephens – Big Heavy  Gal

Shelly Thunder – Kuff

Queen Omega – Traveling

Easy Star All Stars – First Light (Dubmatix Remix)

Nadine Sutherland –Teach The Youth

Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping

Pam Hall – You’ve Caught Me Baby

Rita Marley & The Soulettes – Why Should I

Lady Saw – Been So Long

Sister Carol – International Style

Etana – 4 Play 2 Love (Start over)

Diana King – I’m Still In Love With You

Lady Patra – Ambition

Easy Star All-Stars – In The Light

Joya Landis – Moonlight Lover

Hortense Ellis – Jah Mysterious Works

Sister Carol – Down In the Ghetto

Joyce Bond – Help Me Make It Through The Night

Marcia Aitken – Narrow Minded Man

Lady G – Perform

Tanya Stephens – Freaky Type

Senya – Children Of The Ghetto

Marcia Griffiths & Lady Saw – Unconditional Love

Lady Saw – No Less Than A Woman

Dhaima – Inna Jah Children

Sister Carol – Me Come Back

Cecile – Ladies in the Club

Shan I-Benjamen – Look After Your Structure

Mad Professor – Structure Dub

Tanya Stephens – Bounce Me

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Mekeda – Real Love

Easy Star All Stars – First Light (Ramblin’ Fever)

Sasha – Kill The Bitch

Marcia Griffits & Queen Ifrica – Round and Round

Easy Star All Stars – Break Of Dawn

Tanya Stephens – Addiction

Tessane Chin – Broken Hearted Melody

Jazmine Sullivan – Need U Bad

Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall

Cecile – Hot Like Dat

Easy Star All-Stars – Universal Law

Aysha Loren – Keep It Like It Is

Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places

Alaine – Another Love Song

Queen Ifrica – Dance Floor

Marcia Griffiths – Children at Play

Lady Apache – Bruk Buddy

Easy Star All-Stars – All The Way

Tanya Stephens – Need You Tonight

Tessanne Chin – Hide Away

Cecile – Rise Up

Alaine – You Are Me

Joy White – It Dread Out Deh

Easy Star All-Stars – Demons

Queen Ifrica – Love Is The Only Solution

Alaine – Bye Bye Bye

Worl-A-Girl – Murder He Wrote

Phyllis Dillon – Tell Me You Love Me (All The Time)

Melinda Slack & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Want A Grine

Cecile – Woot Woot

Shontelle – Focus Pon Me

Lady Flame – Grab It Up

NEED

Lady SawI’ve Got Your Man

Sister Nancy Dance Pon The Corner

Tanya StephensWho Is Tanya

Rita Marley & Bob Marley Hold On To This Feeling

Susan CadoganBaby I Love You

Althea & Donna – Gone To Negril

Dawn Penn, Tommy McCook, and the Supersonic Band Why Did You Lie

Lady Saw – Wildest Ride

Phyllis DillonPerfidia

Judy Mowatt & the Gaylettes – I Like Your World

The Webber Sisters My World

Marlene Webber – Hard Life

The Neutral Sisters – Dance Fever

Barbara Jones – Come and Get Some

J.C. LodgeWhat The World Needs Now

Audrey Hall Woman In Love

Norma Fraser – First Cut Is The Deepest

Ivy Queen Regge Respect

Lady G Nuff Respect

Ms. Dynamite Natural High (Interlude) [Explicit]

Ms. Dynamite Dy-Na-Mi-Tee

Pam HallSweetest Sound

SashaCoca Cola Shape (dat Sexy Body Remix)

Fiona – Yours Tonight

Etana – Happy Heart

Lady Saw Give Me The Reason

Phyllis DillonNice Time

Paulette Williams – My Island

Foxy Brown Sorry

Sister Carol – Decadence

Deborah Glasgow Champion Lover

Tanya StephensTo The Rescue

The Neutral Sisters – Hold On

Chrissy D – Make It Real Good

EtanaCaltariba System

Sister NancyOne Two

Marlene Webber One Life To Live

Audrey HallOne Dance Won’t Do

Aisha – I Can’t Change

Foxy BrownBaby Can I Hold You Tonight

SashaDefensive

Angie Angel – Go Through Di Race

Barbara JonesLong And Lasting Love

Carlene DavisBaby Be True

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The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Sisters

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County

I got to attend this year’s Reggae on the River Festival in Southern Humboldt County, California. The festival had a great local community feel and funds raised went to support the Mateel Community Center in Redway, California. The Eel River flowed through the picturesque venue located at Benbow State Recreational Area. Reggae on the River celebrated its 25th Anniversary in fine style. Positive vibrations flowed all day long. Soul Majestic played early in the day bringing their brand of soul-drenched reggae to the stage. The track “First Light” set the vibe and songs like “Rough N’ Tuff ” displayed the musical prowess of this young group. Soul Majestic also played the single “Better World,” which dovetails nicely with their positive vibe and eco-friendly message.

Queen Omega ignited the stage with soul, dancehall, and roots reggae. A native of Trinidad and Tobago Queen Omega sang “Love Ya Color,” “Judgement,” “Warning,” and “Ganja Baby” to an appreciative crowd.  The Roots Revealers bought Jamaican dancehall to northern California playing the songs “Long Road” and “No More Killing.”

The crowd-pleasing crown princess of roots reggae Etana turned it up a notch dropping the killer hits “Roots” and “Blessing.” The lovely songstress covered some Bob Marley and the Wailers tunes creating a wonderful vibe with the classic “One Drop.” Etana played some tracks from her newest hit album The Strong One performing “Jah Chariot” and “Don’t Forget,” and “Caltariba System.” And I was pleasantly surprised by Etana‘s cover of the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down.” Etana finished her set singing “I Am Not Afraid,” which is from one of my favorite riddims: the “Rub-A-Dub” riddim.

The legendary vocal group from Jamaica The Abyssinians took the stage under the afternoon sun. Roots reggae filled the air with classic tunes like “Y Mas Gan,” “African Race,” “Let My Days Be Long,”  “Meditation,” and “Know Jah Today.” The Abyssinians took us to the Bible and the book of Daniel with “Abendigo,” turning the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo into a wonderful reggae and dub experience. And of course the reggae legends performed their megahits from the Satta Massagana album, including “Peculiar Number,” “Black Man’s Strain,” “Declaration Of Rights,” “Forward Unto Zion,” and “Satta Massagana.”

The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009

Tanya Stephens livened things up with a raunchy-rough riding performance that included plenty of references to “long ding dongs” with high-energy versions of “Boom Wuk” and “Good Ride.” The dancehall favorite “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet” set a playful vibe and then she played the killer singles “Can’t Breathe,” “It’s A Pity,” and “These Streets.” Stephens showed her soulful side too with songs like “What Ah Day” and “Little White Lie.” But it seemed Stephens dominated with the playful tunes like “Tek Him Back” and “To The Rescue.”

Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California

Then the Yellow Wall Dub Squad took the stage to warm it up for The Mighty Diamonds. The bassist sang the song “Overlaod” and then King David sang a reggae version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” The Mighty Diamonds entered the stage and played “Poor Marcus Garvey” and “Rise Up” from the album titled Rise Up. The roots reggae gems “Have Mercy,” “Right Time,” “Africa,” and “I Need A Roof” all made the set list. The “I Need A Roof” jam extended and transitioned into a cover of the Bob Marley‘s anthem “Get Up, Stand Up.” An extended version of “Pass The Kutchie” and a sweet version of the Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions tune “It’s All Rightt” capped off the set. Etana, The Abyssinians, Soul Majestic, Queen Omega, and The Mighty Diamonds then returned to the stage and all performed together for a finale. The all-star group of reggae performers sang the Bob Marley and the Wailers classic hit “One Love / People Get Ready.”

The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County