The World of Reggae Music–Superhits: Popular Reggae

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the most popular reggae hits. Pop Reggae helps to bring people from mainstream pop music to the reggae genre. The famous British selector David Rodigan, for example, became infatuated with reggae after hearing Millie Small performher megahit “My Boy Lollipop.”   That’s where this selection of popular reggae hits begins with the 1964 international ska hit from the Jamaican singer Millie Small. And like the famous ska artists that achieved international fame in the 1960s, the modern dancehall artists Sean Paul and Shaggy have appealed to pop music fans of the 1990s and 2000s, and their albums opened doors for music fans to explore more reggae music. These artists hook new reggae fans and trigger them to explore deeper into the reggae catalog. So this selection focuses on the reggae superhits like “Pass The Dutchie” and “Here Comes The Hotstepper” that were popular in the mainstream and prompted music lovers to listen to more reggae.

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’

Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie

Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper

Shaggy – Boombastic

Sean Paul Estelle – Come Over

Snow & MC Shan – Informer

Inner Circle – Bad Boys (Theme From Cops)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved

Enur & Natasja – Calabria 2008

Born Jamericans – Boom Shak A-Tack

Sublime – What I Got

Sean Paul – Get Busy

Rihanna – Pon de Replay

Shabba Ranks & Chevelle Franklin – Mr. Loverman

Tanto Metro – Everyone Falls In Love

Sean KingstonBeautiful Girls

Mad Cobra – Flex

Diana King – Shy Guy 

Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me

Beenie Man Janet Jackson – Feel It Boy

Rihanna & Sean Paul – Break It Off

Eddy GrantElectric Avenue

Wyclef JeanPras, & Ky-Mani Marley Avenues

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

Apache Indian – Boomshackalack

Shaggy – Oh Carolina

Terror Fabulos Nadine Sutherland – Action

Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go

Lumidee – Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!

Nina SkyJabba, & Vybz Kartel – Move Ya Body

Shaggy – Intoxication

10CC – Dreadlock Holiday

Brick & Lace – Love Is Wicked

Sublime – Santeria

Shaggy & Rayvon – Angel

Estelle & Kardinal Offishall – Magnificent

Inner Circle Sweat (A La La La La Song)

Rihanna & Vybz Kartel – You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)

Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime

Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name (Reggae Remix)

Maxi Priest & Shaggy – That Girl

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off The Lights (Reggae Remix)

J.C. Lodge – Telephone Love

Kevin Lyttle & Spragga Benz – Turn Me On

Eric Clapton – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline

Maxi Priest – Close To You

Shaggy & Rayvon – Big Up

Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine

Reel 2 Reel – I Like To Move It

Rihanna & J-Status – Here I Go Again

Bruno Mars & Damian Marley – Liquor Store Blues

Sean Kingston – Fire Burning

Robyn – Dancehall Queen

Snoop Lion, Angela Hunte, and Major Lazer – Here Comes the King

Shaggy & Janet Jackson – Luv Me, Luv Me

Rihanna & Elephant Man – Pon De Replay (Remix)

Maxi Priest & Shabba Ranks – Housecall

Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love (Reggae Remix)

Beenie Man & Akon – Girls

Christopher Ellis & Bay C – Don’t Change Number

Wylcef Jean & Major Lazer – Reach For the Stars

Ziggy Marley – Dragonfly

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Mariah Carey & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Cruise Control

Snoop Lion – La La La

Kevin Michael & Wyclef Jean – It Don’t Make Any Difference

Rihanna – Disturbia

Mann & Sean Kingston – Ghetto Girl

Kat Deluna Elephant Man – Whine Up

Beyonce & Collie Buddz – Ring The Alarm (Tranzformas Remix)

Rupee – Tempted To Touch

Sean Paul & Ziggy Marley – Three Little Birds

Madonna & Cherine Anderson – Give It 2 Me

Ace of Base – All That She Wants

Aswad – Shine

Elephant Man – Pon De River, Pon De Bank

Johnny Nash – Guava Jelly

Beenie Man & Chevelle – Dancehall Queen

Snoop Lion, Angela Hunte, and Elan Atlias – Get Away

Chubby Checker –  The Original Master of the Dancehall

Shaggy – Sugarcane

Big Mountain – Sweet Sensual Love

Marcia Griffiths – Electric Boogie

Maxi Priest & Shaggy – That Girl (Urban Remix)

SuperHeavy – SuperHeavy

Snoop Lion & Miley Cyrus – Ashtrays and Heartbreaks

Shaggy – End of the World (Drink Up)

Aswad – Don’t Turn Around

Sean Paul, Fatman Scoop, & Crooklyn Clan – Clap Your Hands Now

Snoop Lion & Iza – The Good Good

NEED

Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight

Dr. IsraelArmagideon Time

PatraWorker Man

Rihanna – Redemption Songs

Snow & Nadine SutherlandAnything For You

Diana King – Yu Dun Know

Wayne Wonder Again

Kulcha Don & Beenie Man Drive You Crazy

SashaDat Sexy Body

Wyclef Jean & SharissaTake Me As I Am

R. Kelly & Big Tigga Snake

Mad Lion Take It Easy

PatraPull Up To The Bumper

Johnny Nash Mellow Mood

Che’Nelle & ChamI Fell In Love With The DJ

T.O.K. Gal You Ah Lead

Mr. Vegas & Sean Paul – Tiger Bone

Beenie Man & Cecile – So Fly

UB40 – Gonna Make You Sweat

Johnny Nash – Nice Time

 

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The World of Reggae Music–Superhits: Popular Reggae

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

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC

Top 20 Albums of June 2009

  1. Bob Marley and the Wailers B Is For Bob [Tuff Gong/Def Jam/Island Records 2009]
  2. Various Artists Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) [The Red Hot Organization/4AD 2009]
  3. N.A.S.A. – The Spirit Of Apollo [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  4. AlborosieEscape From Babylon [Greensleeves 2009]
  5. Dave Matthews BandBig Whiskey And The GrooGrux King [Bama Rags 2009]
  6. The ItalsLet Dem Talk [Ital Records 2009]
  7. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley BandOuter South [Merge 2009]
  8. DJ JS-1 No Sellout [Ground Original 2009]
  9. The Dub MachinistWorldwide Dub [Control Tower France 2009]
  10. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2009 [VP Records 2009]
  11. Ini Kamoze 5150 Rule [Hottis 2009]
  12. Amadou & MariamWelcome to Mali [Nonesuch 2009]
  13. Los Granadian del Espacio Exterior Donde Ningun Hombre Ha Llegado Jamas [Liquidator Spain 2009]
  14. Method Man & RedmanBlackout! 2 [Explicit] [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  15. Regina SpektorFar [Sire 2009]
  16. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Interscope 2009]
  17. 311Uplifter [RCA/Jive 2009]
  18. The Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca[Domino Recording 2009]
  19. Natural BlackGuardian Angel [Zion Roots Music 2009]
  20. Sonic Youth The Eternal [Matador 2009]
  21. Paul WallFast Life [Explicit] [Asylum/WB 2009]

“Life is one big road with lots of signs,” Bob sings “So when your riding through the ruts don’t you complicate your mind.” On this album we see why Bob Marley and the Wailers ruled the world of reggae music, especially with roots reggae tracks like “Wake Up And Live – Pt. 1.”  On the new album B Is For Bob executive producer Ziggy Marley reworked some of the Bob Marley classics giving them a kid friendly edge. The album pulsates with positive vibrations. A stripped down acoustic version of “Three Little Birds” leads off the album followed by a classic acoustic version of “Redemption Song.” These two songs make for fun summer road trip  sing-a-longs. I found the version of “Satisfy My Soul” to be very sensual and in my opinion this song could be one of the best lovers’ rock tracks ever cut. A bongo almost-dancehall infused “Jamming” and new takes on “Small Axe,” “Bend Down Low” and “Stir It Up” fill out this nice addition to the Bob Marley discography. “Could You Be Loved” and “One Love / People Get Ready” also fit perfect with the kid album theme. “High Tide Or Low Tide” excellently caps off the work.

Finding their way to the top of the Jam-Tex music charts this June are a cadre of Indie-rockers and rappers. The benefit album and compilation Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) and the N.A.S.A. hip-hop project The Spirit Of Apollo. Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) includes indie rockers collaborating to make wonderful music and really this album needs to be listened to in its entirety for the best effect. The Dirty Projectors team up with David Byrne on “Knotty Pine,” while Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings provide some soulful “Inspiration Information.” The Decemberists perform “Sleepless,” while Feist and Ben Gibbard team up on “Train Song.” Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, and Arcade Fire all appear on the album.

On N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit Of Apollo George Clinton and Chali 2na Fish rock “There’s A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)” and dancheall wonder Sizzla joins Lovefoxxx, and the nasty female rapper Amanda Blank on the track “A Volta (Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx).” My favorite duo on any of these indie compilations appears on the N.A.S.A. album when Tom Waits and Kool Keith collaborate on “Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)”. M.I.A., Santogold, Nick Zinner, and Spank Rock drive the electro-rap jam “Whachadoin? (Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)“. The N.A.S.A. album certainly contains the most interesting lineup of artists, including David Byrne, Gift of Gab, Chuck D, DJ Z-Trip, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, KRS-One, Seu Jorge, Ras Congo, and Scarface on tracks like  “Money (Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip),” “The People Tree (Feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip),” “Hip Hop (Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre),” “Strange Enough (Feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip),” and “The Mayor (Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM).”

Alborosie, Ini Kamoze, the Itals, and Reggae Gold 2009 provide this year’s sweltering summer reggae soundtrack. On the new Dave Matthews Band album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King the track “Funny The Way It Is” proves the band is still putting out quality music. DJ JS-1 gathers some talented indie rappers on No Sellout, for example, Aesop Rock and C Ray Wallz rock the mics on “Karma Killerz.”

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC