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

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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

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

The World of Reggae Music

The Ska Originals

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the “Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection” called The Ska Originals.

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called “The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the early ska era. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The primary examination of the “Ska Originals” genre focuses on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s. Later posts will explore forms of ska music of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s:  Two-Tone Ska and Third Wave Ska

Some of the same Jamaican singers, musicians, and producers of the original ska music movement later became the fathers and mothers of rocksteady and reggae.  A young Robert Nesta Marley recorded some ska tunes and so did Bob Marley‘s vocal group the Wailin’ Wailers, which later became the Wailers. Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Clancy Eccles, Cornell Campbell, and Lee “Scratch” Perry all played ska as young lads. These Jamaican superstars all make this collection of ska singles.

The classic ska bands and vocal groups of the era appear on this collection, including the famed The Skatalites, The Ethiopians, The Pioneers, The Soulettes, The Paragons, The Heptones, The Ethiopians, The Techniques, The Upsetters, The Baba Brooks Band, The Gaylads, and The Versatiles. Many of the great ska musicians have singles that made this chart, like Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Lyn Taitt, and Tommy McCook.

Ska music is fun and fast, yet a very easy-going music that sends you skanking around the room. I love this music. There are some wonderful characters that came out of this musical genre, performers like Prince Buster, Sir Lord Comic, Lord Kitchener, Stranger Cole, Lord Creator, and the Folkes Brothers. Plus the dynamite sounds of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires make for some of the most classic ska tracks. The Jam-Tex selector invites you to comment on the list and make suggestions.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

World of Reggae Music Collection

The Ska Originals

The Skatalites Guns of Navarone

Don Drummond Don De Lion

Bob Marley & the Wailers Simmer Down

The EthopiansTrain To Skaville

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead

Jimmy Cliff Miss Jamaica

Toots & the MaytalsSweet & Dandy

John Holt & the Paragons The Tide Is High

Don Drummond – Eastern Standard Time

Jackie Opel – Push Wood

Tommy McCook – Alley Cat Ska

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Jamaica Ska

Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina

The Heptones – Gunman Coming To Town

Lord TanamoI’m In The Mood For Ska

Laurel Aitken & the Skatalites – Rude Boy Dreams

Desmond Dekker King Of Ska

Freddie Note & the Rudies Montego Bay

The Maytals Broadway Jungle

Prince Buster – Madness

Derrick MorganMoon Hop

Lee “Scratch” Perry & The SoulettesDoctor Dick

Don Drummond & the SkatalitesChinatown

Desmond DekkerRudy Got Soul

Gregory IsaacsMy Time

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Ska Jam

Bob Marley Judge Not

The MaytalsSix And Seven Books Of Moses

Jimmy Cliff – Hurricane Hattie

Don Drummond – (Music Is My) Occupation

Roland Alphonso – James Bond

The Gaylads – Stop Making Love

Alton Ellis & Eddie Parker My Heaven

The Pioneers Jackpot

Prince Buster – Al Capone

Justin Hinds and the DominoesThe Ark

Ken BootheUno Dos Tres

Amos Clarke Chatty Chatty Woman

Val Bennett – Atlas

Lee “Scratch” Perry Give Me Justice

Alton EllisMouth A Massy

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jailhouse

Jimmy Cliff – King of Kings

Desmond Dekker – Honour Your Mother and Father

Eric Monty Morris – Enna Bella

Millie Small & Roy Panton – We’ll Meet

Blues Blenders – The Girl Next Door

Alton Ellis & the FlamesBlessings Of Love

Bob Marley & the WailersDuppy Conqueror

Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp

Roy Shirley & Ken Boothe Calling

Lee “Scratch” PerryWhat A Good Wood Man

Derrick MorganBlazing Fire

Roland Alphonso Phoenix City

Baba BrooksDuck Soup

Stranger Cole & Lester SterlingBangarang

The SkatalitesLatin Goes Ska

Alton Ellis Dance Crasher

Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina

Derrick MorganFat Man

Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella

Owen Gray – Darling Patricia

Baba Brooks – Girls Town Ska

Lord CreatorHurry Up

The MaytalsLet’s Jump

Derrick Harriott – Monkey Ska

Dave and Ansel CollinsMonkey Spanner

The EthiopiansFree Man

Lord Tanamo – You Belong to My Heart

Owen Grey Jezebel

Lee “Scratch” Perry Rub & Squeeze

Justin Hinds and the DominoesOver The River

Don Drummond – Man in the Street

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Out of Space

Roland AlphonsoOn The Move

Ewan McDermott Candy Ska

Desmond Dekker – Mount Zion

Granville Williams OrchestraHonky Tonk Ska

Desmond Dekker Pickney Gal

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites Silver Dollar

Duke Reid’s Group – Let George Do It

The Paragons Happy Go Lucky Girl

Chuck Joseph, Dobby Dobson, and Aubrey Adams – Du Du Wap

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Go Jimmy Go

Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Sabotage

Roland Alphonso – Old Fowl Ska

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris – Penny Reel

Rita Marley Anderson & the Wailers – A De Pon Dem

Jimmy Cliff – One-Eyed Jacks

The Versatiles – Push It In 

Derrick Morgan – The Hop 

Lord Tanamo – Mattie Rag (aka Ol’ Matilda)

Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant

The Sounds – Shufflin’

Cornell Campbell – Under the Old Oak Tree

The Baba Brooks Band – Guns Fever

Frank Anderson – Musical Storeroom

Clive and Naomi – You Are Mine

Alton Ellis & the Flames – The Preacher

Desmond Dekker – Unity

Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith – Look Who I Back Again

Bob Marley & the Wailers – How Many Times (Do You Remember)

Don Drummond & The City Slickers – Don Cosmic

Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Nimble Foot Ska

The Baba Brooks Band – Teenage Ska

Toots & the Maytals – Shining Light

Clancy Eccles with Hersang & The City Slickers – River Jordan

The Riots – Yeah Yeah

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Sugar Bag

Lyn Taitt – Independence Ska

Lord Tanamo – If You Were Mine

Frank Cosmo – My Days Are Lonely

Cecil Lloyd & Roland Alphonso – Oceans 11

Laurel Aitken – Hey Bartender 

Derrick Harriott – Derrick!

Winston Samuels – My Bride to Be

Andy Capp – The Law 

Roland Alphonso – Yard Broom 

Tommy McCook – Cotton Tree

Don Drummond – Lucky Seven 

Lloyd Robinson – Too Late 

Ossie & The Upsetters – Turn Me On 

The Skatalites – Streets of Gold 

Lloyd Brivett – Wayward Ska 

Lynn Taitt – Tender Loving Care 

Jackie Estick – Daisy I Love You 

Cornell Campbell – Don’t Want Your Loving 

Derrick Morgan – Hold Your Jack 

Stranger & Gladdy – How Your Pantie Get Wet 

Bunny & Skitter – When The Well Runs Dry 

The Charmers – Jeanie Girl

The Dreamletts – Really Now 

Clue J & His Blues Brothers – Beeston Street Riff

Derrick Harriott – Answer Me My Darling

Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn

Lascelles Perkins with Clue J and His Blues Brothers – Lonely Moments

Lester Sterling, Johnnie Moore, & Tommy McCook – Settle Down

Jackie Estick – The Ska

Horrell DawkinsButterfly

The SilvertonesTrue Confessions

Ewan McDermottSinners Got A Moanin…

Raymond HarperDiscipline

The Baba Brooks Band Special Event

The Skatalites Good News

Don Drummond – Cool Smoke

Roland AlphonsoCorner Store

Tommy McCook – Twelve Minutes to Go 

The Duke Reid Group – Strolling In

Don Drummond – Stampede

Derrick Morgan – Don’ Call Me Daddy 

Baba Brooks – Boat Ride 

The Skatalites – Black Sunday 

Ewan McDermott – Don’t Bring Me Your Dreams 

Lloyd Brevett – One More Time 

Raymond Harper – Yours 

Tommy McCooke – Apanga 

Clue J & His Blues BlastersSalt Lane Shuffle

Frank Anderson, Tommy McCook, & The Skatalites Always on Sunday

Roland Alphonso – Sucu Sucu

Don Drummond – University Goes Ska

Derrick Morgan – Look Before You Leap 

Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango 

The Skatalites – Dragon Weapon 

Baba Brooks – Musical Communion 

Don Drummond – Spider 

The Skatalites – Street Corner 

Derrick Morgan – Seven Letters 

Roland Alphonso – Back Beat 

Don Drummond – Doctor Decker

Baba Brooks & His Band – Blues 

Don Drummond – Mesoptamia

Baba Brooks – Dreadnaught 

Roland Alphonso – 20.75

Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso – Heaven And Earth 

Roland Alphonso & Carroll McLaughlin – Set Back 

Don Drummond – Garden of Love 

Roland Alphonso & Studio One Orchestra – Spread Satin 

The Baba Brooks Band – Vitamin A 

Don Drummond – Around the World 

Roland Alphonso – Nuclear Weapon 

Don Drummond – Burning Torch 

Roland Alphonso – Alipang

Don Drummond – Thorougfare

Roland Alphonso – Feeling Fine

Don Drummond – Melody Jamboree

Roland Alphonso – Sandy Gulley

Don Drummond – Silver Dollar 

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Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You

The Maytals – Someone’s Going to Bawl

Sir Lord Comic and His Cowboys – Ska-ing West

Don Drummond – Dew Drops

Eric Morris – Put on Your Best Dress

Roland Alphonso, King Sporty, & Justin Yap – El Cid

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Watermelon Man

Prince Buster – Run Man Run

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Train to Ska-Thedral

Lord Tanamo – Night Food Ska

Derrick Morgan – No Raise, No Praise

Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough

Lord Kitchener – The Road

Chuck & Dobby – I Don’t Need Your Love

Derrick Morgan – National Dance

Eric Morris – Strongman Sampson

Drumbago’s Orchestra – Duck Soup

The Rulers – Wrong’em Boyo

Baba Brooks – Musical Workshop

Derrick Morgan – Be Still

The Tartans – What Can I Say

Lord Tanamo – Come Down

The Techniques – I’m In Love

The Spanishstonians – Rudie Gets Plenty

The Techniques – Little Did You Know

Winston & George – Denham Town

Roland Alphonso – Blackberry Brandy

Basil Gabbidon – Ena Meni

Derrick Morgan and Patsy – Let Me Go

Eric Morris – Solomon Gundie

Granville Williams Orchestra – The Third Man Theme

Clive & Naomi – Open The Door

Stranger Cole & the Conquerors – Drop the Ratchet

Andy Cap – Pop A Top

The Maytals – Just Got To Be

Dandy Livingstone – Reggae in Your Jeggae

Roland Alphonso – Shot in the Dark

Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Soul Limbo

Bongo Herman & Les – Dr. Who

The Skatalites – Ghost Town

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites – Doctor Zhivago

Baba Brooks – Watermelon Man

Lord Comic & the Skatalites – Lon Cheney

The Rulers – Copasetic

Carlos Malcom – Bonanza Ska

The Skatalites – Ringo

Lloyd Robinson – When You Walk

Tommy McCook – Riverton City

The Skatalites – Ska Boo Da Baa

Baba Brooks – Shenk I Shek

Roland Alphonso – Cleo’s Back

Cornell Campbell – Make Hay

Don Drummond – Away From It All

The Skatalites – China Clipper 

Lord Tanamo – Iron Bar

King Stitt & the Dynamites – The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

Owen Gray – She’s Going to Napoli

Roy Shirley – Get on the Ball

Vinley Gayle – Go On

Justin Hinds – Try Me

Ferdy Nelson – Ska Down Jamaica Way

The Valentines – Blam Blam Fever

Joanne Gordon & Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow

Johnny Moore – South China Sea

Roy Richards – Lost My Girl

Bobby Aitken – Jericho

Senior Pablo – Senorita

Jackie Opel – Turn to the Almighty

Delroy Blyfield – Yagga Yagga

Ruddy  & Sketto – I Love You

Winston Grennan – Turn on the Light

Larry Marshall – Snake in the Grass

Basil Gabbidon – Back to Jamaica

The Royals – Save Mama

Harry Johnson and the All Stars – The Dog

Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead

The Skatalites – Kingston 11

Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, & the Skatalites –World’s Fair

Owen & Leon Silveras – Next Door Neighbour

Stranger & Patsy – When I Call Your Name

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals