The World of Reggae Music: Live Reggae

Kinky Reggae

LIVE REGGAE

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores live reggae music. Live reggae is powerful, inspirational, and enthralling.

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Introduction (Live at the Roxy)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Trenchtown Rock (Live at the Roxy)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Greetings (Live)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natural Mystic (Live)

Jimmy Cliff – Under The Sun, Moon, and Stars (Live)

Aswad – Roots Rocking (Live)

Toots & the Maytals – Time Tough (Live at Red Rocks)

Shaggy & Rayvon – Angel (Live)

Burning Spear – Door Peep (Live)

Steel Pulse – State of Emergency (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers Kinky Reggae (Live)

Gentleman – Superior (Live)

Israel VibrationReggae On The River (Live at Reggae on the River)

Seeed – New Dubby Conquerors

Steel Pulse – Sound System (Live)

Barrington LevyMurderer (Live)

Burning Spear – The Lion (Live)

Eek-A-Mouse Ganja Smuggling (Live)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up (Live)

Manu Chao – El Viento (Live)

Matisyahu – Chop ’em Down (Live)

CultureTwo Sevens Clash (Live)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down

Bob Marley & the WailersPositive Vibration (Live)

Steel Pulse Back To My Roots (Live)

Slightly Stoopid – Wiseman (Live)

Manu Chao – Ezln…Para Tod@s Todo…(Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers I Shot The Sheriff (Live)

Israel Vibration Strength of My Life (Live) (Live)

Burning Spear – Jordan River (Live)

Jimmy Cliff – Vietnam (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Road Block) (Live)

Bob Marley & the WailersThem Belly Full (But We Hungry) (Live)

Steel Pulse – Macka Spliff (Live)

Burning Spear – The Lion (Live)

Matisyahu – Close My Eyes (Live)

Gentleman & Shaggy – Warn Dem (Live)

Michael Franti & SpearheadYell Fire (Live)

Toots & the Maytals54-46 (Was My Number) (Live)

Seeed – Papa Noah

Ziggy Marley – Jammin’ (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up > No More Trouble > War (Live)

Steel Pulse – Medley Medley (Live)

CultureToo Long In Slavery (Live)

Burning Spear – African Postman (Live)

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse (Live)

Toots & the Maytals – Monkey Man (Live)

Manu Chao – Por El Suelo (Live)

MatisyahuKing Without A Crown (Live)

Black Uhuru and Sly & Robbie Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers Lively Up Yourself (Live)

Lucky Dube – Slave (Live)

Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan (Live)

Gentleman, Martin Jondo, & Tamaika – Rainy Days

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae (Live)

Phish – Boogie On Reggae Woman (Live)

Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston (Live)

Burning Spear – Creation Rebel (Live)

Seeed – Love Queen (Live)

Manu Chao – Bienvenida a Tijuana (Live)

Steel Pulse – Bodyguard (Live)

Toots & The Maytals – Hallelujah (Live)

Raging Fyah – Cyaan Cool (Live)

Bob Marley & the WailersRat Race (Live)

Ben HarperWith My Own Two Hands (Live)

Israel Vibration – Rockford Rock

Steel Pulse – In A Me Life (Live)

Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Seeed – A Capella (Live)

Toots & The Maytals – True Love Is Hard To Find (Live)

Steel Pulse – Black Enough (Live)

Israel Vibration – There Is No End (Live)

Big Youth – Satta Amasagana (Live)

Steel Pulse – Islands Unite (Live)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Want More (Live)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Songs (Live)

NEED

Israel Vibration – Same Song (Live)

Stephen Marley – It Was Written (Book Of Life) (Live)

Anthony B – Raid The Barn (Live)

Beres Hammond – She Loves Me Now / Step Aside (Live)

UB40 – The Way You Do The Things You Do (Live)

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – People Get Ready (Live)

Sister Carol – Rasta Girl (Live)

Beres Hammond – Putting Up Resistance (Live)

Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket (Live)

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Mr. Marley (Live)

Third World – 96 Degrees In The Shade (Live)

Michael Rose – General Penitentiary (Live)

Jimmy Cliff – You Can Get It If You Really Want (Live)

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards (Live)

The Gladiators – Small Axe (Live)

Bunny Wailer – Dance Rock (Live)

Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Live)

Burning Spear – Throw Down Your Arms (Live)

Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come (Live)

Toots & the Maytals – Never Get Weary (Live)

Burning Spear – Columbus (Live)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – We Don’t Stop (Live)

Trenchtown Rock

Throw Down Your Arms

Live

In Concert: Best Of J. Cliff

The World of Reggae Music: Live Reggae

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Around the World

The Other Side
The World of Reggae Music Collection
Reggae Around the World

As the 2010 FIFA World Cup engages the world the selector wishes to offer up an international collection of reggae music in this latest edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection. Reggae has gone international! From the African musicians represented by Ivory Coast’s Alpha Blondy, Ghanian music man Rocky Duwani, and the South African legend Lucky Dube…to the European Noiseshaper of Austria, Seeed of Germany, and the UK supergroup UB40, reggae has spread around the globe beyond the shores of Jamaica. Its influence extends from the backwoods farms of Texas where the iconic Willie Nelson records reggae in the Hill Country to the farthest reaches of the Middle East and beyond to the South Pacific and Asia, where New Zealand’s Salmonella Dub and Japan’s Dry & Heavy lay down thick dubby bass lines full of roots and culture. Reggae is truly a global affair.

Alpha BlondyCocody Rock (Ivory Coast)

Manu Chao – Bongo Bong (France)

Manu Chao – Je Ne T’Aime Plus

Noiseshaper & Wayne Martin – Movin’ Together (Austria)

Seeed & Anthony B Water Pumpee (Germany and Jamaica)

Dry & Heavy – Love Explosion (Japan)

Alborosie and Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama (Italy)

Blekbala MujikDrangkinbala (Australia)

Gilberto Gil – Kaya N’Gan Daya (Brazil)

Lucky DubeThe Other Side (South Africa)

Ziggi – Need To You This (St. Eustasius)

UB40Guilty (UK)

Intik – Notre Devoir (Algeria)

Cultura Profetica – La Complicidad (Puerto Rico)

Slightly Stoopid – Round the World (California)

Antidoping – Juego a Muerte (Mexico)

John Brown’s Body – A Little Bit of Dub (Massachusetts)

Manu Chao – Minha Galera (France)

Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars Living like A Refugee (Sierra Leone)

Nativus – Meu Reggae e Roots (Brazil)

Kana – Plantation (France)

Majek Fashek – Promised Land (Nigeria)

International Observer London (UK)

Dry & Heavy – Less Is More (Japan)

Slightly Stoopid – Older (California)

Seeed – Tide Is High (Germany)

Gnawa Diffusion – Ya Laymi (Algeria)

The Aggrolites – Free Time (California)

Manu Chao – Clandestino (France)

GondwanaArmonia De Amor (Chile)

Zeca Baleiro Salão De Beleza (Brazil)

Chris Combette – Babylone Buildings (Cayenne)

Lucky Dube – My Game (South Africa)

Chris Boomer & SOJA – You and Me (Guam & Virginia)

Cheb Aissa, U-Roy, & Dennis Brown Half 3 The Hard Way (Algeria and Jamaica)

Maria de Barros – Riberonzinha (Sengal)

The Streets Let’s Push Things Forward (UK)

The Killer Bees – Cool Down (Texas)

Manu Chao – Mama Call

Askia Modibo Wadjou (Mali)

Slightly Stoopid – Up on a Plane (California)

Amadou, Mariam, & Manu ChaoCoulibaly (A Better Day) (Mali)

Todos Tus MuertosRasta Vive (Argentina)

RashaSalib fuadi (Sudan)

Mala Rodriquez & SOJA – Like It Used To Be (Spain & USA)

GroundationBabylon Rule Dem (California)

Noiseshaper – We Love Reggae (Austria)

Rocky Duwani – In Ghana (Ghana)

The Gipsy KingsEscucha me (France)

Alpha Blondy – Lalogo (Ivory Coast)

G-Corp – Peacetime (UK)

Kreyol Syndikat – Roots Ragga (France)

SOJA – Mentality (Virginia)

Apache Indian – Om Numah Shivaya (UK)

John Brown’s BodyGarden Tree (Massachusetts)

Majek Fashek – African Unity

Slightly Stoopid – Wicked Rebel (California)

Sergeant Garcia – Revolucion (Spain)

SeeedNew Dubby Conquerors (Germany)

Kaissa – O Si Keka (Cameroon)

Simply Red, Sly & Robbie Night Nurse (UK)

Lumumba – En La Jungla (Argentina)

Lumumba – En La Jungla Dub (Argentina)

Thievery Corporation – The State of the Union (Washington DC)

Cultura Profetica – Verso Terso (Puerto Rico)

Gentleman – Fast Foward (Germany)

Ale Muniz – Maguinha Do So Viana (Brazil)

Slightly Stoopid – Serious Man (California)

Angelique Kidjo & Ziggy Marley – SeDjedo (Benin & Jamaica)

Kana – Pas De Problemes (France)

The Green – Ways & Means (Hawaii)

Mas Y Mas – Agua

Rebelution – Suffering

Manu Chao – Promiscuity

Manu Chao – Infinita Tristeza

Seeed – Aufstehn! (Germany)

SOJA – Gone Today (USA)

Mishka – Dead End Streets (Bermuda)

Cheb Mami & Aswad – The Best Times of Our Lives (Algeria & UK)

Cheb Mami & Aswad – The Best Times of Our Lives Dub (Algeria & UK)

Lucky Dube – Family Ties (South Africa)

John Brown’s Body – Give Yourself Over (Massachusetts)

Aloha Sex Juice – More Than Words (Hawaii)

Antidoping – La Noche (Mexico)

Rebelution – Route Around (California)

Cheb Mami & Ziggy Marley – Madanite (Algeria and Jamaica)

Natasja – Ilderbrand I Byen (Denmark)

Herbie Hancock, Tinariwen, K’naan, & Los Lobos – Tamatant Tilay/Exodus (Illinois, Mali, Senegal, and California)

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are (Italy)

Bernaud Uedre – Rawagu (New Caledonia)

SOJA – Born in Babylon (Virginia)

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Siguiendo La Luna (Argentina)

Lord Bitum – Je Ne Lacherai Pas L’Affaire (France)

Slightly Stoopid – We Don’t Wanna Go

Lucky Dube – Different Colours/One People (South Africa)

Mishka – Just Keep Living (Bermuda)

The Aggrolites – More Hungry Woman (California)

Alpha Blondy – Wakiki Rock (Ivory Coast)

Rebelution – Life on the Line

Rebelution – Life on the Line Dub

The Green and Jacob Hemphill of SOJA – Come In (Hawaii and Virginia)

Steel Pulse and Tiken Jah Fakoly – African Holocaust (UK and Ivory Coast)

Cultura Profetica – Para Estar (Puerto Rico)

Seeed – Grosshirn

Manu Chao – Minha Galera (Live)

SOJA – Never Ever

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Muerte Querida (Argentina)

Rebelution – Notice Me

Sergent Garcia – Je Sais

Seeed – Fire

Angela & Slightly Stoopid – Mona June

SOJA – True Love

NEED:

Fedayi Pacha – Pyramids (France)

Federico Abubele – Su Melodia (DJ Spooky Remix) (Argentina)

Dan I – Jah Muzik (Italy)

King Chango – Lil Sister (USA)

Dub Incorporation – My Freestyle (France)

Hotdrop & Carlos Alonso – Should I (Spain)

Volfoniq – Skango (France)

Crucial Alphonso – Warrior Fi Jah Jah Dub (Belgium)

Vlastur – Steppa9 (Greece)

Barbes.D – Black Is My Story (France)

No Name Dub – Dubolution (Argentina)

Warbass Live Dub – Grim Dub (France)

U-Stone – Darkside Of My Soul

K-Sänn Dub System – Sensoriel Dub Rmx Poulp (France)

Panda Dub – First Meet (France)

Jean Paul Dub – Holidays In Vaticaen

Jiang Lang meets Jerry Coox – Pure Asian Dub (China and France)

We & Dem – Let Them Grow (Spain)

Os Patto – Aquela Cachoeira (Brazil)

Tribuman & Solo Banton – Underground International (France)

Rastea – Luglius Dub (Italy)

El Fata – Londn City (United Kingdom)

King Dubby – Casual Casual (Indiana)

Andreia Dacal – Opinião Dub (Brazil)

Maurizio Miceli – No Dirme (Italy)

Dubzoic – Let There Be Dub (Italy)

Firuzaga – Serious Jokah (Turkey)

I&I Djangdan – Culture Tree (South Korea)

Bandulu Dub – Cultural Liberation(Portugal)

Dubosmium & Guitoud – Heart & Soul (Morocco)

Daily Bread Dub – Good Over Evil (Texas)

Riddim Conference – Struggle (Japan)

Dubalizer -Murro Dub (Brazil)

Kukan Dub League – Electric Shocking Dub (Israel)

Intergalaktik Sound & Jahvice – Beat Down Babylon (Finland)

Le Chaurdron Magique – Je ne ferais pas l’armee (France)

Finn the Giant – Black Scorpion Dub (Sweden)

MabafuSonido Del Callao (Germany)

Riddim – Como Elefantes (Argentina)

Emzk – Wy (Poland)

Grant Phabao & Lone Ranger – Sweet Talking (France)

Nico D – Nothing Nuh Change (Norway)

Bhundu Boys – Don’t Forget Africa (Zimbabwe)

Bomba – Hold Your Ground (Australia)

Dili Allstars – Oh Hele Le (Australia)

Herbs – Jah’s Son (New Zeland)

Izrael – Dża Ludzie (Poland)

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Hope (New Zeeland)

Emeline Michel – Many Rivers to Cross (Haiti)

Apache Indian – Teriyan Adawaa (India/UK)

Cultura Profetica – Inspiracion (Puerto Rico)

Chris Combette – Mo Kontan Tu (French Guiana)

Mas Y Mas – Respetame (UK/Spain)

Maria De Barroas – Reggadera (Cape Verde)

Pablo Molina – Vuelvo a Casa (Argentina)

Todos Tus Muertos – Jah Lion (Argentina)

Gondwana – Swim (Chile)

Cultura Profetica – Reggae Rustico (Puerto Rico)

Gnawa Diffusion – La Franse (Algeria)

10 Foot Ganja Plant – Ganja Plane Rider (Hawaii)

Sinead O’Connor – Throw Down Your Arms (Ireland)

Living like A Refugee

Hope

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Around the World

World of Reggae Music Collection–Roots and Culture: Slavery Days

World of Reggae Music Collection: Roots and Culture

Slavery Days

In the final edition of the Roots and Culture volume of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector presents Slavery Days. Over 400 years of slavery ravaged the Atlantic world. And in fact, the legacy of slavery has been nearly as destructive. The African Holocaust, as some in the reggae profession have termed the catastrophic event, unleashed horrific consequences for the people of Africa and for those enslaved Africans transplanted to the islands of the Caribbean.

Jamaican reggae artists played many of their Roots and Culture songs about the history and legacy of slavery. The iconic Burning Spear recorded one of the most enduring songs in this vein called “Slavery Days.” The Wailers recorded “Slave Driver” on the classic reggae album Catch A Fire. Both the Bob Marley and The Wailers full-band version of “Redemption Song (Band Version)” and the Bob Marley’s acoustic version of “Redemption Song (Album Version)” appears on this edition. Some of these songs of slavery are in fact songs of freedom.

The bands Steel Pulse, Culture, Third World, and the Wailing Souls; the reggae stars Gregory Isaacs, Lee Scratch Perry, Junior Byles, Judy Mowatt, and Peter Tosh; and the dancehall singjays Capleton, Anthony B, and Macka B all played wonderful roots tunes about the issues dealing with slavery and its impacts.

Burning SpearSlavery Days

Burning Spear – I and I Survive

Bob Marley & the Wailers Redemption Song (Band Version)

Junior Delgado & Lee “Scratch” Perry Sons Of Slaves

CultureToo Long In Slavery

Peter ToshDownpressor Man

Dennis Brown – Africa

Kabaka Pyramid – Never Gonna Be a Slave

Glen BrownNo More Slavery

Steel PulseKu Klux Klan

Third World1865 (96º In The Shade)

Busy Signal – Modern Day Slavery

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Slave Driver

Sly & Robbie – Slave Driver Dub

Gregory Isaacs & Soul SyndicateSlavemaster

Peter Tosh & the Wailers400 Years (Jamaican Version)

Toots & the MaytalsNever Get Weary

CulturePay Day

Lloyd ParksSlaving (Every Day)

Junior Byles  & Lee “Scratch” PerryA Place Called Africa

Lucky DubeSlave

Beres Hammond – Another Day in the System

Stephen Marley – Made in Africa

Jah Bouks – No Slave

Black-Am-I – Modern Day Freedom

Third World Human Market Place

Steel Pulse – African Holocaust

Sizzla – Make It Right (Remix)

Bob Marley & the WailersRedemption Song (Album Version)

NEED

Prince Malachi – Runaway Slave

Macka B – Effects Of Slavery

Delton Screechie – Sweet Africa

Winston Prince – A Place Called Africa

Bongo Herman – African Drums

Sylford Walker – Africa Homeland

King Tubby – Africa Dub

Audley Rollens – Repatriation

Judy Mowatt – Slave Queen

Capleton – Slave Master

Anthony B – Slavery

Wailing Souls – Modern Slavery

Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master Dub

Gregory Issacs & Ranking Buckers – Slave Master / Captives

Gregory Isaacs – Runaway Slave

Dennis Alcapone & Junior Byles – Africa Stand (Place Called Africa Version)

World of Reggae Music Collection–Roots and Culture: Slavery Days

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

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

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!

Wavin' Flag

The rain fell as the music filled the park. Mud seethed underfoot and gushed between toes. Among the strong aromas and beautiful sounds, the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival came alive and offered another memorable year of music. Although environmental factors change from year to year, from stifling heat and dust to drenching rain and mud, the show never stopped. The music continued. And Austin proved itself again as the live music capitol of the world.

I caught Dr. Dog at the Dell Stage for my first show. I found these boys from Philadelphia to be quite harmonic, reminiscent of the psychadelia rock of the Beatles and The Byrds. Songs like “The Breeze” and “The Old Days” displayed that smooth 1960s sound. But my favorite song on the set list was “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer.”

I had heard of Phoenix, but I had never listened to their music. A friend convinced me to see this alternative rock band from Versaille, France. The comparisons to their French peers Daft Punk and Air interested me. Ultimately I understood the comparisons, finding the sound close to a New Order-like electronica pop. Phoenix pleasantly surprised me with tunes like “Lisztomania,” “Lasso,” “If I Ever Feel Better,” “Fences,” “Girlfriend,” “Run Run Run,” “Too Young,” “Rome,” and “1901.” Many of the songs appear on the new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

The best show of the day came from the Somalian born/Canadian based rapper k’naan. Under the Wildflower Tent the slender Somalian rocked the crowd with political prose, heart-felt lyrics, and blistering beats. Appropriate adjectives include humble, inspirational, and talented.  k’naan had a broad appeal, drawing young children and old people, and all those between the young and old. An intimate performance captivated the crowd.

The track “T.I.A. [Explicit]” thundered bass as K’naan introduced the crowd to his unique brand of hip-hop. “T.I.A.” samples Bob Marley’s classic ska tune “Simmer Down,” layers it over heavy beats, and atop raps the brilliant young wordsmith. In Africa, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, 2pac, and The Notorious B.I.G. reign supreme. k’naan studied these great performers and his sound reflects those influences. Yet the sound is original. The music is gangsta but peaceful, hard but soft, and always chalk full of the contradictions and realities of life.

From Africa the Somalian took us on a trip to “America.” On the album, Mos Def and Chali 2Na join the track with their rhymes on the studio version of “America,”  but solo and live K’naan brought this song to its full potential without the help of these great lyricists. The song “Take A Minute” brought emotion to the tent. The following love ballad “Fatima” lightened the mood. And then the hardcore rap song “ABC’s” (with a Chubb Rock sample) rocked the and rolled with pure energy.

K’naan then sang a song about “Somalia,” which brought tears to the crowd’s eyes. The lyricist played two different versions beginning with an acapella and moving into a full band version. As K’naan says “his real will makes your real look like a rental.” This track talks about the perils of childhood in Somalia and the suffering of the people. K’naan harnesses the pain and realities of the world and turns them into amazing poetry. The rapper followed the tear jerker with “Bang Bang,” a nice jamming pop tune. And he ended his set with the a sing-a-long to “Wavin’ Flag.”

K’naan was the highlight of the evening. But the jams continued with Thievery Corporation. The dub electronica duo and band played on the main stage this year kicking out funky electronica with “.” The crew from Washington, D.C. also played the sitar heavy “Mandala,” displaying their unique acumen at world music.

In a testimony to the diversity of the music at ACL I caught parts of sets from the Texas country group Reckless Kelly and the hard-rocking new super trio Them Crooked Vultures. Them Crooked Vultures features bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, drummer David Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Josh Homme the guitarist and lead singer from Queens Of The Stone AgeKings Of Leon headlined Friday night playing their hits “Sex On Fire,”
”On Call,” and
”Use Somebody.”

The  music continued after the festival at the ACL after shows. I went to a Township Records showcase at the Ghost Room downtown on 4th Street in the Warehouse District. I caught the end of Danny Malone‘s set. This kid has a beautifully haunting voice. My wife described him as a creepy James Taylor. His new album Cuddlebug features the eerie track “Basement.” Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township played some of my favorite tracks from the new album Yearbook, including “Ragamuffin” and “Let It Go.”

Let It Go

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!

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)