World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Around the World

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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