World of Reggae Music Collection–Roots and Culture: Political Reggae

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Roots and Cultrue Political Reggae Often reggae carries a strong political message wrapped inside its intoxicating vibes. Reggae superstars Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, and Bob Marley and The Wailers have a broad knowledge of the plight of the poor people around the world. In turn these reggae artists have fashioned brilliant protest songs that bring attention to international social injustice. From Jimmy Cliff’sVietnam” to Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makersperforming “Namibia” decades of reggae artists have expressed their political viewpoints through music. One of my favorite American musicians that often drenches his original music in reggae sounds, Michael Franti, leads the California-based band Spearhead with hard-hitting lyrics. His message of love trumps the political message, but his songs are filled with deep knowledge of social, economic, and political issues. Micheal Franti & Spearhead are a must in this edition of Roots and Culture. From modern dancehall artists like Busy SignalMavado, I-Wayne, Perfect, Sizzla, and Alborosie to the classic reggae bands like the The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, and Black Uhuruthe mainstream political worldview often comes into question in these great reggae tracks. And there were strong positive-minded individuals from Jamaica like Hugh Mundell and Jacob Miller that pointed out the of the hypocrisies of these bad-minded politicians. Some reggae artists even called for social revolution in their music. Peter Tosh said it best in his song “Equal Rights” “I don’t want no peace. I want equal rights and justice. Gotta to get it. Equal rights and justice.”

Jimmy Cliff Vietnam

YellowmanLeave Iraq Alone

Bob Marley and the WailersZimbabwe

Peter Tosh Equal Rights

Michael Franti and Spearhead Crime To Be Broke In America

Dennis Brown – Revolution, Pt. 1

Gregory Isaacs & the UpsettersMr. Cop

Eek-A-Mouse – Politics

Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff

Horace Andy – Materialist

Horace Andy – Poor Man Style

Cocoa Tea – Barack Obama

Tony Rebel – I Can’t Recall

Yellowman – CNN News

Gregory Isaacs, Soul Syndicate, & the Heptones – Black a Kill Black

Burro Banton & Cornell Campbell – Pressure

Michael Franti & SpearheadTime To Go Home

Black Uhuru – Youth Of Eglington

Black Uhuru – Youth (Dub)

Steel Pulse – No Justice No Peace

Cutty Ranks – New World Order

Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem – Kulture (Dubmatix Rub-A-Dub Revival Remix)

Jacob MillerRoman Soldiers Of Babylon

Steel Pulse – Taxi Driver

Alborosie – America

Desmond Dekker – Problems

Horace Andy – Leave Rasta

Black Uhuru – General Penitentiary

Busy Signal – Running From The Law

Snoop Lion & Akon – Tired of Running

Esco Levi – Bleaching Shop

Cocoa Tea – Oil Ting

Alborosie – Tax War

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – We Propose

Lucky Dube – Soldier

Manu Chao –  Politick Kills

Steel Pulse Global Warning

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Yell Fire!

Alpha BlondyApartheid Is Nazism

Barrington Levy – Mandela Free

Alborosie – Police

Snoop Lion & Cori B – No Guns Allowed

Raging Fyah – World Crisis

Cocoa Tea – Mr. Neck Tie Man

Lucky Dube – Victims

Gentleman – It No Pretty

Steel Pulse – Tribute to the Martyrs

Alborosie – Global War

Cocoa Tea – Moving On

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Namibia

Jimmy Cliff – Children’s Bread

J Boog – Change Up Your Evil Ways

Steel Pulse – Earth Crisis

Alborosie – What If Jamaica

Cocoa Tea – Zeeks

Steel Pulse – Black and Proud

Marshel – New World Order

Alborosie – Games

Joe Higgs – Wave Of War

NEED

Papa LeviBush & Blair

I-WaynePolitics And Religion

YellowmanAids

Mavado – We Need Barack

Hugh Mundell Africa Must Be Free By 1983

Big YouthPolitical Confusion

Busy Signal Politics

Black UhuruSolidarity

Ranking Trevor & Wailing Souls – War

Perfect – Hanging Day

Bushman – World State

Admiral Bailey Politician

Hugh MundellRun Revolution A Come

Junior DelgadoHypo

Buju Banton – Immigration Law

No 1 Station – Bush War

Sugar Minott Nah Go To South Africa

Bushman World Crisis

Israel Vibration Racial Discrimination

SizzlaBlack Man In The White House

Israel VibrationNatty Dread

Jacob MillerJolly Joseph

The Mighty Diamonds, Suga Roy, & Conrad CrystalPolice And Bad Boy Strap

SizzlaThe Solution

Sugar MinottNah Follow Fashion

Buju BantonPolitics Time Again

Cocoa TeaBuju

Horace Andy – No Love in the City

Horace Andy – Problems

Peter Tosh – Fire Fire Babylon Burning

The Royals – Sufferer of the Ghetto

Jah Lion – Soldier and Police War

Barry Brown – Politician

Cultural Roots – Thieves, Liars, and Criminals

The Valentines – Stop the Violence

Gregory Isaacs – Lonely Soldier

Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – State of Emergency

Garnett Silk – Cry of my People

Jah Lloyd – Soldier Round the Corner

Max Romeo – Public Enemy Number One

Ranking Joe – Back Wey You Vulutres

Welton Irie – Ghettoman Corner

John Wayne – Call the Police

Scientist – Mass Murder and Corruption

Romain VirgoGhetto

LorenzoGun Play

KonshensWar Straight

Perfect – Amerimaka

Dillinger – Buckingham Palace

Peter Metro – Police in England

Lucky Dube – Political Games

Barrington Levy – Soldier

Culture – World Peace

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World of Reggae Music Collection–Roots and Culture: Political Reggae

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

World of Reggae Music: Roots and Culture

Rastaman

Red, gold, and green flags emblazoned with the Lion of Judah fly above swirling clouds of ganja smoke while pulsing bass and driving reggae riddims flow through sound systems stacked ten-feet high. This edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection is entitled Roots and Culture. This first volume of Roots and Culture features the Rastaman. The Rastaman is an integral part of Caribbean culture and the reggae movement.

Rita Marleyintroduced Robert Nesta Marley to the foundations of the Rastafarian religion or “way of life.” She had seen the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I on his visit to Jamaica and had been struck by the spirit on seeing what she believed to be an incarnation of God, Jah Rastafari. Bob Marley and The Wailers later became a great messenger of the “king’s music.”

Bob Marley and The Wailers, the I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths), Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailerall professed to the wisdom of Jah in their music. Not only did Marley and the Wailer family play roots and culture reggae, but so did the great rastaman icons Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Jacob Miller. The Rastafarian-inspired bands The Abyssinians, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Gladiators, The Melodians, The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Culture,Wailing Souls, Third World, Israel Vibration, The Itals, and The Heptones rocked reggae for crowds of thousands of listeners and fired the souls and imaginations of millions of fans.

Not only the great reggae bands played tribute to the roots and culture of the rastaman, but so did the finest singjays from Dillinger, Barrington Levy, Ranking JoeSizzla, and Luciano to Buju Banton, Half Pint, Capleton, Anthony B, and Konshens. From the young to the old, from Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Morgan Heritage, Alborosie, and Bushman to the old-school reggae originals of Jimmy RileyHorace Andy, Johnny Clarke, and Cornell Campbell, Rastafarian culture and reggae still captures the pulse of an Island people.

The AbyssiniansSatta Massagana

Capleton – Raggy Road

Bob Marley & the WailersRastaman Chant

Sly & Robbie – Rastaman Chant

Stephen Marley & Ziggy Marley – The Chapel

Black Uhuru & the Revolutionaries Dread In The Mountain

AswadCandles

The Melodians Rivers Of Babylon

Linval Thompson & U-Roy – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks & Joyful Locks

Steel PulseNot King James Version

Josey Wales – Bobo Dread

VC – By His Deeds

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Live Up!

Burning Spear – Old Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – Farther East of Jack

Chronixx – Capture Land

Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah

Peter ToshIgziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Callin’

Barrington LevyA Yah We Deh

Bunny Wailer, Toot & the MaytalsTake A Trip

The Heptones Cool Rasta

Luciano – It’s Me Again Jah

The ShadowsBrother Noah

Buju Banton – Untold Stories

Gregory IsaacsThief a Man

Jacob MillerTenement Yard

Israel Vibration Jericho

Busy Signal – Nah Follow Dem

Morgan HeritageDown By The River

Bob Marley & the Wailers Positive Vibration

The Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof

Ini Kamoze – I Want Ital

Delroy Wilson – Rascal Man

Tony Rebel – Jah Is By My Side

Kiddus I – Graduation In Zion

Sizzla – Rastaman Chant

Third World – Cool Meditation

Jah Cure – Trod in the Valley

Dennis Brown – To the Foundation

Luciano & Sizzla – Jah Blessing

Fred Locks – Black Star Liner

Willie Williams – Armagideon Time

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live

Sly & Robbie – Jah Live

Raging Fyah – Jah Glory

The Abyssinians – Declaration Of Rights

Buju Banton – Give I Strength

Steel Pulse – Babylon Makes The Rules

Chronixx – Rastaman Wheel Out

Burning Spear – Red, Gold & Green

Burning Spear – Workshop

Alborosie – I Rusalem

The Wailing Souls – Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall

Black Uhuru – Whole World Is Africa

Alton Ellis – Back To Africa

Gentleman – Jah Jah Never Fail

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide and Protect Me

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide Dub

Alborosie – Rastafari Anthem

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread

Irie Love – Put Jah First

Garnett Silk – Kingly Character

Horace Andy – Psalm 68

Horace Andy – Dub 68

Half Pint – Bless Us

Buju Banton – ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest

Johnny Clarke – Satta Massagana

I-Roy – Satta

Cocoa Tea – Heathen

Anthony B & Horace Andy – Enter The Kingdom of Zion

J.O.E. – Rasta Chant

The Abyssinians – Y Mas Gan

Alborosie – Dung A Babylon

Toyan – Dread in a Babylon

Damian Marley & Nas – Africa Must Wake Up

Sugar Minott – Black Roots

Burning Spear – Lion

Third World – Dreamland

Tarrus Riley – Love Created I

Johnny Clarke – Be Holy My Brothers And Sisters

Israel Vibration – We a De Rasta

Burning Spear – Jah No Dead

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion

Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise

Black-Am-I – Samson Strength

Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie

Mad Cobra – Salassi I Rule

The Mighty Diamonds – Africa

Busy Signal – Jah Love

Ranking Joe & Michael Rose – Poor Man Struggle

Alborosie – Humbleness

Steel Pulse – Biko’s Kindred Lament

The Gladiators – Roots Natty

Sizzla – Black Woman & Child

Busy Signal – Run Whey

Gentleman – Strange Things

Raging Fyah – Music Isn’t Biased

Alborosie – Still Blazing

Yabby You – Conquering Lion

Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari

The Itals – Roll River Jordan

Johnny Clarke – Enter Into His Gates

Third World – Satta Massagana

Raging Fyah – Behold

Israel Vibration – Sodom and Gomarrah

Cornell Campbell – Lion of Judah

Freddie McGregor – Be Alright

Anthony B – Give Praises

Cocoa Tea – Holy Mount Zion

Bunny Wailer – Rastaman

The Mighty Diamonds – jah Will Work It Out

Johnny Clarke – False Rasta

Alborosie – Grow Your Dreads

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Alton Ellis – True Born African

Black Uhuru – Leaving to Zion

Culture – Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion

Aswad – Back To Africa

The Mighty Diamonds – Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks

Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus – Rise Jah Jah Children (The Lion Sleeps)

The Wailing SoulsJah Give Us Life

Winston Francis Going to Zion

Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon

Alborosie – Call Up Jah

Morgan Heritage – Hail Up the Lion

Michael Prophet – Jah Love

NEED

Capleton & Luciano – Hail King Selassie

SizzlaReally And Truly

Patrick Andy – Living in Mount Zion

Wayne Wade – Poor and Humble

Ras Bug – Fisherman

I-Roy – Rootsman

Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp

Willie Francis – Let’s Go To Zion

Earth & Stone – False Ruler

BushmanKing Selassie I

Determinejah a mi sponsor

LucianoJah Is My Navigator

Horace Andy – Children of Israel

Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Jordan River

Sugar Minott – Rome

Devon Irons – When Jah Comes

Max Romeo – Babylon’s Burning

Luciano – Jah Live

Morgan Heritage – Set Yourself Free

Bushman – What’s the Matter With the World

Beres Hammond & Flourgon – I Love Jah

Garnett Silk – Mama Africa

Culture – Humble African

Anthony Cruz & Marlene Johnson – Africa

Tarrus Riley – Marcus Teaching

Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen

Black Uhuru – Going To Zion

Hell & Fire – Show Us The Way

Little Roy – Bongo Nyah

Junior Byles – King Of Babylon

Konshens – Rasta Imposter

Luciano & Candy Man – Dem No Know Jah

Max Roemo, Conrad Crystal, & Suga Roy – Chant Rasta

Peter Tosh – Mama Africa

Alborosie – I Am

Frankie Paul – Red, Gold, and Green

Cornell Campbell – I Heart Is Clean/Zinc Fence

Dillinger – Gate Number

Pancho Alphonso & the Revolutionaries – Never Give Up In Babylon

Burning Spear – Jah Is Real

Jimmy Riley – Tell The Youths The Truth

Dolphin Morris & Prince Far I – Su Su Pan Rasta / Heavy Manners

Gregory Isaacs – Babylon Too Rough

Culture – Jah Rastafari 

The Wailing Souls – They Don’t Know Jah

Jacob Miller – I’m A Rastaman

Conrad Crystal, Suga Roy, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem

Jah Is My Navigator

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

The King of Soulful Reggae brought down the house Sunday night.  My lovely wife and I went to see Beres Hammond and Kenyatta Hill with Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in fine style with some excellent lovers rock. The deep, smooth, sultry, sweet voice of Beres Hammond was pure niceness and sweetness. The House of Blues makes for an excellent venue with great lighting, sound, and balcony seating and with Beres Hammond center stage, it all combines and creates musical magic.

The evening began with roots and dancehall reggae sets from DJ Infernal setting the mood with great selections and flawless mixes. The live music started when the band the Harmony House Musicians took the stage and displayed their superb musicianship. Kenyatta Hill brought the music of his father, Joseph Hill, to the stage. With the Harmony House Musicians laying down thundering drums and bass, Hill and the singers from Culture brought the best of 1970s and 1980s roots reggae to the metroplex.

Culture played some of their greatest hits, including the legendary song “Two Sevens Clash.” Kenyatta Hill performed a spirited version of “This Train,” which he called his favorite song from his father’s extensive catalog. The rollicking version of “This Train” fused the fervor of gospel with the easiness of reggae. The set list included the roots reggae singles “Zion Gate,” “Jah Rastafari,” and “See Them a Come.” Culture also played their ganja anthem “The International Herb.”

Culture’s set alone would have made for an excellent reggae show. But with Beres Hammond headlining the show it became extraordinarily spectacular. Beres Hammond might have the greatest voice on any living human being. The Harmony House Musicians and the Harmony House Singers warmed up the stage for Beres, playing an instrumental version of the Beatles’ classic “Norwegian Wood” and then the singers performed a sweet version of “Come Over.”

Beres took the stage to raucous applause and ladies screaming. The legendary reggae crooner played dancehall favorites, including “Thanks Fe Mi Pride & Joy,” “Come Down Father,” “Sweetness,” “Can You Play Some More,” “One Dance,” “She Loves Me Now,” “Tempted To Touch,” “Putting Up Resistance,” and “Pull It Up.” The three female singers that make up the Harmony House Singers wrapped their vocals around the lush voice of Mr. Beres Hammond. Beres made his lovely voice most noticeable on acapella versions of songs, like a wonderful take on “No Disturb Sign.” The most inspiring and beautiful tracks performed that night were “Rockaway” and “I Feel Good.” And finally I must mention “our song”–that is the song that is very special to my wife and I–“They Gonna Talk.” “Ay, some things were meant to be” Beres sang “So why not let it be…And stop worrying about it…Long as we know what’s in our hearts…We know our inner thoughts…Ay, no reason for concern no….”

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

The Jam-Tex selector will post a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music. The selector invites others to join in on the organization of these tracks.  Thus Jam-Tex presents The World of Reggae Music Collection.” This collection of singles begins with the greatest roots reggae hits in a category  entitled “Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah.”

The Reggae Superstars category includes the section: “The Lions of Jah.” The Lions of Jah section includes the pillars of reggae music, such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, Jacob Miller, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Wailer, Desmond Dekker, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, and features supergroups like  Third WorldBlack UhuruSteel Pulse, and Culture. The grouping of songs includes classic vocal groups like the Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, and the Itals, and early deejay and singjay sensations like Big Youth, Tenor Saw, and Trinity.  Yet overall this category relies on the heavy hitters of reggae music like  John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Lucky Dube, Johnny Osbourne, and Cornell Campbell.

Please feel free to comment. The selector is open to suggestions and changes. Feel free to comment on the selections, categories, genre headings, and section headings. The selector will consider track additions and removals and even the renaming of categories, sections, and genres. Without further ado…

The Jam-Tex Selector presents…The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah

Ini Kamoze – World-A-Music

Bob Marley & the WailersGet Up, Stand Up

Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)

Toots & the Maytals54-46 That’s My Number

Peter ToshSteppin’ Razor

Jimmy CliffThe Harder They Come

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – The Ghost

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come

Third World Reggae Ambassador

Black Uhuru & the RevolutionariesGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

CultureTwo Sevens Clash

Barrington Levy Too Experienced

Lee “Scratch” Perry Chase The Devil

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil

Steel PulseHandsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse – Revolution Dub

Gregory Isaacs & Roots RadicsNight Nurse

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Dub

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards

The Wailing Souls Shark Attack

The Mighty DiamondsRight Time

Johnny Ousborne – Truths and Rights

Chalice – Good to Be There

Jacob Miller & Inner CircleWestbound Train

Horace AndySkylarking

Freddie McGregor Big Ship

Max Romeo & the UpsettersWar Ina Babylon

Israel Vibration – Get Up and Go

John Holt – Strange Things

Lucky Dube – We Love It

Toots & the MaytalsFunky Kingston

Jacob Miller & Inner Circle We A Rockers

Bob Marley & the WailersRebel Music (Three O’Clock Roadblock)

Burning Spear Columbus

Jimmy CliffYou Can Get It If You Really Want

Barrington Levy Saw Red

Peter ToshWhatcha Gonna Do

Steel Pulse Uncle George

Dennis Brown – Here I Come

The Heptones Book of Rules

Cornell Campbell The Gorgon

Mighty DiamondsIdentity

Beres Hammond & Zap PowLast War

Toots & the Maytals Time Tough

CultureIron Sharpening Iron

Dennis Brown Stop the Fussing & Fighting

Steel Pulse Ravers

Half Pint Level The Vibes

Beres Hammond They Gonna Talk

John Holt & the Aggravators You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine/Version

Jacob Miller & U-BrownKeep On Knocking

Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man

The HeptonesParty Time

Bob Andy – I’ve Got To Go Back Home

Burning Spear The Invasion

Burning Spear – Black Wa Da Da

The ItalsIn A Dis Ya Time/ Harbour View Rock

Bob Marley & the WailersIs This Love

Johnny Osbourne & the SensationsCome Back Darling

The Pioneers Long Shot (Kick the Bucket)

Toots & the Maytals Pressure Drop

Black Uhuru Party Next Door

Gregory IsaacsSad To Know (You’re Leaving)

Peter ToshWanted Dread And Alive

Beres Hammond – I Feel Good

Cornell Campbell Queen Of The Minstrel

Big Youth – Livin’

Burning SpearRise Up

Tenor SawLots of Sign

Tenor Saw – Lots of Dub

Black UhuruBlack Uhuru Anthem

Jacob Miller Mixed Up Moods

Steel PulseBlues Dance Raid

Barrington Levy, Kojak & LizaMy Woman/ Ten Thousand Woman

Bob Marley & the WailersRat Race

Jimmy Cliff Struggling Man

The HeptonesFattie Fattie

Horace Andy Nice And Easy

Horace Andy – Nice and Easy Dub

Mighty Diamonds Have Mercy

TrinityAll Gone

Gregory Isaacs – Cream of the Crop

Black Uhuru Rent Man

Sammy Dread My Princess

Beres Hammond – Rockaway

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel

U-Roy – Natty Rebel

Culture & Shorty the President See Them A Come/ Natty Pass Him G.C.E.

Cornell CampbellBoxing Around

Glen WashingtonRockers (Nuh Crackers)

Dennis BrownWhat About The Half

Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion

Ronnie Davis – Writing on the Wall

Burning SpearJordan River

Third WorldRoots With Quality

The ItalsBrutal Out Deh

Peter Tosh Why Must I Cry

CultureLion Rock

Barrington LevyMy Time (Rights of Man)

Steel Pulse Back To My Roots / Dub To My Roots

Gregory IsaacsStranger In Town

Dennis BrownGhetto Girl

The Wailing SoulsWar Deh Round A John Shop

Jacob MillerChapter A Day

Beres HammondWhat One Dance Can Do

Max Romeo One Step Forward

Lucky Dube Prisoner

Israel Vibration Back Staba

Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Why Must I (Version)

Ed Robinson – Rude Awakening

Aswad – Love Fire

Aswad – Dub Fire

Jimmy Cliff – One More

Gregory Isaacs – Innocent People Cry

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Pimper’s Paradise

The Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious

Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up

The Viceroys – Brethren and Sistren

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Lucky Dube – Julie! Julie!

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

The Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye

Israel Vibration – Reggae on the River

Jimmy Cliff – Treat The Youths Right

 

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009

July 2009

  1. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Explicit] [Downtown 2009]
  2. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  3. Slaid CleavesEverything You Love Will Be Taken Away [Music Road 2009]
  4. Zee AviZee Avi[Brushfire Records 2009]
  5. Lady Saw Extra Raw: The First Lady of Dancehall [VP Records 2009]
  6. AswadCity Lock [Rhythm Riders 2009]
  7. Rhett MillerRhett Miller [Shout! Factory 2009]
  8. Mishka Above The Bones [J.K. Livin Records 2009]
  9. Bob DylanTogether Through Life [Columbia 2009]
  10. MicachuJewellery [Rough Trade 2009]
  11. ScientistInternational Heroes Dub [Tameki Wambesi Dove 2009]
  12. Mojo Morgangot Mojo? [Gedion Soldiers 2009]
  13. The LemonheadsVarshons [The End Records 2009]
  14. The AggrolitesIV [Hellcat 2009]
  15. The Low Anthem Oh My God Charlie Darwin [Nonesuch 2009]
  16. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Sweet [VP Records 2009]
  17. Dinosaur Jr.Farm [Jagjaguwar 2009]
  18. Ryan Bingham & the Dead HorsesRoadhouse Sun (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  19. EminemRelapse [Explicit] [Aftermath Records 2009]
  20. Jason LytleYours Truly, The Commuter [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  21. Todd SniderThe Excitement Plan [Yep Roc Records 2009]
  22. Son VoltAmerican Central Dust [Rounder Records 2009]
  23. Mos DefThe Ecstatic [Downtown 2009]
  24. Levon HelmElectric Dirt [Amazon Exclusive] [Vanguard 2009]
  25. Tanya MorganBrooklynati [Explicit] [Independent Media/iM Culture 2009]
  26. DoomBorn Like This. [Explicit] [Lex Records 2009]
  27. Laura IzibiLet The Truth Be Told [Deluxe] [Atlantic 2009]
  28. J Dilla Jay Stay Paid [Explicit] [Nature Sounds 2009]
  29. St. Vincent Actor (Amazon Exclusive) [4AD 2009]
  30. Matthew Sweet & Susanna HoffsUnder The Covers: Vol. 2 [Shout! Factory 2009]
  31. WilcoWilco [The Album] [Nonesuch 2009]

Diplo and Switch present Major Lazer‘s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do with special guests Santogold, Mr. Lex, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Mr Vegas, and many more. The creative DJ/producer duo amalgamates and mashes up tunes sampling from soca, calypso, merengue, and reggae, dropping fat beats, gun blasts, reggae air horns, and choice samples. An example of one of the more interesting and creative cuts is “Baby,” which adds an auto-tune to a crying baby. The killer reggae track on this work is “Can’t Stop Now,” which features Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell. The harmonic Rockwell and Mr. Vegas create an easy-sounding classic reggae track among the hard-pounding dance jams. The track “Hold The Line” samples surf guitars from Dick Dale And His Del-Tones classic “Misirlou,” adding heavy beats and the vocal duo of Mr. Lex and Santogold. Some of my personal favorites on this album include the rough shod “Bruk Out” featuring T.O.K and Ms. Thing; “Cash Flow” featuring the roots reggae flavor of Jah Dan; “Anything Goes” with chaotic verses from Turbulance; and the dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel working “Pon De Floor.”

Chali 2Na‘s Fish Outta Water snap, crackles, and pops. A guest appearances by the Marley Brothers, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, on the cut “Guns Up” piles deep booming funky fresh rhymes over a sweet melodic reggae chorus peppered by a Jr. Gong flow. The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man joins Chali 2Na on the tune “International” for searing dancehall reggae/hip-hop fusion. I found the single “Lock Shit Down” with Talib Kweli appealing and the track “Comin’ Thru” to be a hip-hop jam.

Texas songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Rhett Miller, and Ryan Bingham made the list this month. The Austin-based musician Slaid Cleaves sings heart-wrenching ballads playing Texas country music like it should be played. The song “Cry” on the album Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away will rip out your heart and have you reaching for the bottle of whiskey. American folk legend Bob Dylan dropped the new album Together Through Life featuring the ominous dark-sounding hit single “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.

Zee Avi and Mishka add international flavors to the best albums of July, providing fun flip-flop rock and reggae sounds for the summertime. Jack Johnson‘s Brushfire Records handpicked Zee Avi for the label where she fits well with the laid back surfer motive. The Malaysian-born ukulele player’s new album is self titled Zee Avi. Reggae-drenched Canadian/Bermudian seafarer Mishka is the new artist appearing on Matthew McConaughey’s record label JK Livin Records. Mishka’s new album Above The Bones provides good summer tunes and positive vibes.

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!

March 2009

  1. Buddy Holly Memorial Collection [Geffen 2009]
  2. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 2 [VP Records 2009]
  3. Queen IfricaRoad to Mobay [VP Records 2009]
  4. Various ArtistsGold Mine Riddim [Gargamel 2009]
  5. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2009 [Greenseeves 2009]
  6. Randy TravisI Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis [Warner Brothers 2009]
  7. Anthony B Rise Up [Greensleeves 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsRiddim Driven: Beauty and the Beast [VP Records 2009]
  9. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Rocksteady [VP Records 2009]
  10. Black CrowesWar Paint Live [Eagle Records 2009]
  11. Willie NelsonNaked Willie [Sony 2009]
  12. Leonard CohenLive in London [Sony 2009]
  13. Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream [Columbia 2009]
  14. Various ArtistsCadillac Records (Original Soundtrack) [Sony 2008]
  15. Various Artists Penthouse Showcase Volume 3: Automatic Riddim [VP Records 2009]

Buddy Holly, the real king of Texas rock n’ roll music, lived a short and prolific life. He was the Biggie Smalls of Lubbock. But instead of a blaze of gunfire, Holly went down in a plane crash. This new collection of recordings bring the raw Buddy Holly to the music world. The skinny and nerdy Texan redefined rock and roll music and influenced the British rockers who invaded America in the 1960s. The Beatles were recycled Crickets. It is very easy to be proud of this lanky Texan genius.

Penthouse Showcase Volume 2 is an important contribution to roots reggae music. Bushman pays tribute to Peter Tosh with sizzlin’ covers of “African” and “You Can’t Blame the Youth.” Sweet reggae tracks include Romain Virgo’s “Mi Caan Sleep”  and Queen Ifrica’s humorous “Below the Waist.” Beres Hammond also lends his voice to some of the tracks adding another layer of sweetness.

The Gold Mine Riddim 2009 includes tracks by Gyptian and Buju Banton. The Riddim hot! The 2009 Ragga Ragga Ragga installment offers the killer tracks Bounty Killer’s “Corrupt,” Laden’s “Time to Shine,” and Vybz Kartel’s “Life Sweet.”

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!

Jam-Tex Top 10 Albums: August 2008

1. Cutty RanksReggae Anthology: Limb By Limb [VP Records 2008]
2. SeraniThe Future (Doh!) [2008]
3. Girl TalkFeed the Animals [Illegal Art 2008]
4. Randy NewmanHarps and Angels [Nonesuch 2008]
5. Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson – Reggae Anthology: Scorchers from the Mighty Two [VP Records 2008]
6. Randy TravisAround the Bend [Warner Brothers 2008]
7. Eleven Hundred SpringsCountry Jam [Palo Duro Records 2008]
8. CultureCulture & the DeeJay’s at Joe Gibbss [VP Records 2008]
9. Old 97’s Blame It on Gravity [New West 2008]
10. Luke Doucet Blood’s Too Rich [Six Shooter Records 2008]

Cutty Ranks, the original dancehall ragamuffin, slays deejays with his rough, raw, and precise rhymes on songs like “A Who Seh Me Dun,” “Gunman Lyrics,” “Stopper,” and “Limb by Limb.” But also the boss deejay turns out to be quite the lady killer, toasting over reggae crooners, such as Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, and Wayne Wonder, and making panties wet from Oisten, Barbados to Austin, Texas.

On a trip to Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines I found myself listening to the new dancehall sensation Serani. His album The Future (Doh!) assembles some of the newest hits, including “She Loves Me” and “Doh” featuring ragga general Bugle. Since I was with my lady I found the song “She Loves Me” perfectly sensual for afternoon romps. Jah blessed Young Island on St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Serani and the sunset made for a perfect romantic setting. Serani played on the local radio stations in the Caribbean, blazing up digicel’s hot caribbean 30, but also country music emanated from the radios in the Grenadines. Randy Travis was a favorite among local sail boat captains and cooks. Truly country music is global and the people of the Caribbean respect its soulful sounds.

Singer-songwriter Randy Newman took time off from producing timeless movie soundtracks to drop a new album and to unleash a timeless criticism of the current administration. Newman sings in “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country:”

A President once said,
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Now it seems like we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraid
That’s what terror means, doesn’t it?
That’s what it used to mean

And then Newman brings it home:

The end of an empire is messy at best
And this empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave
And the home of the free

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

Randy Newman you have got a friend in me!

Jam-Tex Top 10 Albums: August 2008