World of Reggae Music Collection: Rub A Dub

Rub A Dub

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector picks from the best of the Rub A Dub era. Rub A Dub Reggae sound falls somewhere between the late 1970s Boss Deejays and early 1980s Dancehall music. The kings of the rub a dub include Yellowman, U-Brown, Ranking Joe, Toyan, Tenor Saw, and Charlie Chaplain. But some of the best rub a dub music is played by deejay duos like Papa Michigan and General Smiley (aka Michigan & Smiley), Clint Eastwood & General Saint, U-Black & Joe Tex, Yellowman & Fathead, and the female duo Althea & Donna.

Yellowman & Fathead Rub A Dub A Play

Joe Tex & U-Black – Rub a Dub Evening

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Diseases

Kojak & Liza – Fist to Fist Rub a Dub

Ranking Dread – Fattie Boom Boom

John Holt – Fat She Fat

Yellowman & Fathead – Mr. Wong

General Echo – Arleen

Cocoa Tea – We Do The Killing

Charlie Chaplain – Dance In The Atlantic Ocean

Ini Kamoze – Kildatsounboy

Josey Wales – Yu Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me

Yellowman – Yellowman Getting Married

Joe Tex & U-Black – Standardization

Lady Ann – Informer

Tenor Saw – Rub-A-Dub Market

Tenor Saw – Rub-A-Dub Dub

Yellowman & Fathead – Rub-A-Dub

Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Shame & Scandal

Ini Kamoze – Trouble You A Trouble Me

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Nice Up the Dance

Nitty Gritty – She’s A Delilah

Super Cat – ‘A’ Class Rub-A-Dub

Josey Wales – Josey Ready

Yellowman & Fathead – Rat

Charlie Chaplan – Ram Up Dancehall

Alborosie – Rub A Dub Style

Alborosie & Ranking Joe – Precious

Charlie Chaplin – Coco Dela Brown

Yellowman – Who Can Make The Dance Ram

Peter Metro & Zu-Zu – Calypso Calypso

Tenor Saw – Run Come Call Me

Josey Wales – Come Watch The Sound

Toyan – Please Mi Barrister

Yellowman – Wreck A Pum Pum

Trinity – Kingston Two Rock

Tenor Saw – Eni Meeni Mini Mo

Yellowman – King of the Crop

Captain Sinbad – Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Charlie Chaplin – Hold Them

Charley Sprang & Comanche – Jamaican Talk, Foreign Rap

Tenor Saw – If You Only Know (Rub A Dub)

U-Brown Gimme The Music

Charlie Chaplain – Foreign Man Skank

Yellowman – Strictly Bubbling

Junior DelgadoFort Augustus

Chiney K – Mi God Mi King (Papa Levi Tribute)

Lady Ann & Alborosie – Informa

Yellowman & Fathead – Hold On To Your Woman

General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Stop That Train

NEED

General Lucky & Peter Ranking – Ram-A-Jam

Ranking JoeCold Blood

Papa Michigan & General SmileyOne Love Jam Down

Clint Eastwood & General Saint Another One Bites The Dust

Clint Eastwood – Fight Inflation

Charlie Chaplain – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother

Papa Levi – Mi God Mi King

The Wailing Souls Old Broom

Clint Eastwood – Dance Kork

Simple Simon – Revolution Fighters

Simple SimonObey Your Mother & Father

Ranking JoeChoice of Color

Jah Thomas & Sister JackieCockie And Pussy [Explicit]

Frankie Paul – Watch the Dub

Fankie Paul – String Up The Sound

Althea & Donna No More Fighting

Michigan & Smiley – Jah Lick We

Yellowman – Skank Quadrille

Yellowman – Blow Saxophone

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Rub A Dub Style

Simple Simon – War All Over

ToyanWhat A Thing

Ranking Toyan – Opportnity

John Wayne – Heavy Rhythm

U-Brown – Things A Come Up to Bump

U-Brown – Me Chat You Rock

PurplemanFeeling Irie

Sugar Minott Tune In

Clint Eastwood – It Wasn’t Rasta

Johnny Osbourne No Ice Cream Sound

Frankie Jones – Stylee

Little John Bummy Bummy

PurplemanSandra Lee Buy Big House For Me

Jah Thomas & Toyan – Two Bad DJ Hafi Talk

Echo Minott Sweet Reggae Music (You Have Fe Move)

Mr. Easy & Mini G – Summertime

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World of Reggae Music Collection: Rub A Dub

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