World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School

In this edition of The World of Reggae Music Collection the selector dives into the deep catalog of  Dancehall Reggae. This first exploration of the dancehall pulls from the Old School Dancehall tunes from the late 1970s through the 1990s. The kings of the dancehall make the list here, including Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Tenor Saw, Yellowman, and Super Cat. Unique voices, fat riddims, and heavy bass lines make for great dancehall reggae music.

From the creative stylings of Junior ReidTiger and Cutty Ranks to the rough-shod rhyming of Bounty Killer, Capleton, and Buju Banton to the smooth silky voices of Beres Hammond, Sanchez, and Frankie Paul, dancehall music filled the air in Jamaica where its was played over thundering soundsystems with speakers stacked mountain high. This collection of old school dancehall songs includes favorites from Half Pint, Johnny Ousborne, Eek-A-Mouse, Ninjaman, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, as well as the deeper cuts from classic dancehall artists like Early B, Anthony Red Rose, Brigadier Jerry and Super Beagle.

The selector has also made lists of dancehall reggae music, including Classic Dancehall Tracks, New School Danechall Selections, and ruff riding Ragga singles. Please comment on the selections.

Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping

Mallory Williams – She Boom

Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm

Nitty Grity – False Alarm

Super Beagle – Dust A Sound Boy

Cutty Ranks – A Who Seh Ne Dun (Wake De Man)

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote

King Kong – Trouble Again

Tiger – You Dead Now

Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt

Major Worries – Sweet Little Rosie

Johnny Ousborne – Ice Cream Love

Super Cat – Boops

Eek A Mouse – Wa-Do-Dem

Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly

Barrington Levy Shine Eye Gal

Home T, Shabba Ranks, & Cocoa Tea Pirates’ Anthem

PinchersBandelero

Anthony Red Rose – Bangarang

Glamour Murphy – What the Woman Want

Michael Prophet Gunman

Cocoa Tea & Buju Banton – Too Young

Flourgon & NinjamanZig It Up

Dawn Penn & Bounty KillerNo No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore)

Shabba Ranks Love Punnany Bad

Triston Palmer Entertainment

DirtsmanImpeccable

Bounty KillerDead This Time

Cutty RanksStopper

General Levy Heat

Anthony Red Rose Under Me Fat Thing

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Frankie PaulLittle Walter

Barrington LevyMurderer

SupercatDon Dada

YellowmanZungguzungguguzungguzeng

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Tease Me

DegreeBoom Boom

Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas, & Toyan Gunshot

Cocoa Tea – Death In The Stadium

Admiral BaileyPunnany

Wayne WonderSpare Me

Frankie PaulI Know the Score

TigerNo Wanga Gut

Buju Banton – Buju Movin’

Cocoa Tea Good Life

Beres HammondFocussing Time

Chaka Demus – Young Gal Business

Admiral Bailey – Big Belly Man

Charlie ChaplainMiami Vice

Pato Banton Don’t Sniff Coke

NinjamanTest The Highpower

Anthony Red Rose – Tempo

SanchezBrown Eye Girl

Chaka Demus & PliersBam Bam

Smiley CultureCockney Translation

Captain Barkey & Angel Doolas2 By 4

CapletonCan’t Sleep Ah Night

Johnny Ousborne Reasons

Papa San & Lady GLegal Rights

Bounty KillerFitness

Tenor Saw – I Got To Be There (Roll Call)

Tristan Palmer – Shank I Sheck

Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica, Jamaica

Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland – Action

Red DragonHol’ A Fresh

Anthony Red Rose & Bounty Killer Intimate Woman

Super Cat – Nuff Man A Dead

Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly

Bounty KillerLook

Barrington LevyBlack Roses

Sizzla – Got To Survive

Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side

Papa SanHippitti Hippitti Hop

Gregory IsaacsSoon Forward

Bounty Killer War

Michael Palmer I’m Still Dancing

Eek-A-Mouse – Peenie Walli

Tenor Saw – No Work on Sunday

Lieutenant Stitchie – Hello Carol

Admiral Bailey – Horse Tonic

Shabba Ranks – Trailer Load A Girls

Anthony B – Fire Come Now

Capleton – Alms House

Echo Minott – Lazy Body

Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Holding On

Ninja Man & Bounty Killer – Bwoy Nuh Run

Tenor Saw – Fever

Admiral Bailey – No Way No Better Than Yard

Eek-A-Mouse – Operation Eradication

Carlton Livingston & Shabba Ranks – Don’t Follow Rumors

Bounty Killer – Ask Fi War

Cocoa Tea – She Loves Me Now

Lukie D & Shabba Ranks – Talk Talk (Remix)

Cocoa Tea – Love Me

Shabba Ranks – Ting-A-Ling

Tenor Saw – Shirley Jones

Tenor Saw – Shirley Dub

Eek-A-Mouse – Assassinator

Shabba Ranks – Well Done

Shinehead – The Real Rock

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Who She Love

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Johnny Osbourne – Gangster Sound

Triston Palmer – Roaming Girl

Michael Palmer – Gunshot A Burst

Bobby Melody – Ram the Session

Reggie Stepper – Cu- Oonuh

Frankie Paul – Call the Brigade

Cornell Campbell – Mash You Down

King Kong – Dem Nah Do Nuttun

Lt. Stitchie – Wear Your Size

Pinchers – Lorna

Half Pint – Brother Love

Home T, Cocoa T, & Cutty Ranks – Another One For The Road

Ranking Joe – River Jordan

Terror Fabulous & Maxi Priest – Drop It

Wayne Wade – Poor And Humble

Brigadier Jerry – Lyrics Of Mine

Buju Banton – Love Black Woman

Charlie Chaplain – Nah Go Married

Frankie Paul – Nothing No Deh

Junior Reid – Boom-Shack-A-Lack

Mikey General – As A Man Thinketh

Nardo Ranks – Burrups

Ninjaman – Murder Dem

Shinehead – Jamaican In New York

Tippa Irie – Hello Darling

Tony Rebel – Money Tree

Junior Tucker – One of the Poorest People

Reggie Stepper – Under Mi Sin Ting

Yellowman – Bam Bam

Pinchers – Agony

Cutty Ranks – Chop Chop

Super Cat – Trash And Ready

Johnny Osbourne – Mission

Early B – Deaf Ears

Mikey General – In A Dis Ya Gideon

Barrington Levy – Strange

Shabba Ranks – Respect

Early B – Imitator

Tiger – Boombastic

World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

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Saturday at Austin City Limits the rain came down and drenched Zilker Park. Festival goers went undeterred as the puddles turned into seas of mud. The first band I saw was Mute Math, who played a mean version of 
”Spotlight.” MUTE MATH mashes electronica and hard rock. These New Orleans musicians are excellent entertainers putting on quite the show. Lead singer and keyboardist Paul Meany literally did flips while playing his keys. Also MUTE MATH has a wonderful collection of interesting instruments from space-age synthesizers to wild effects pedal boards. Following Mute Math, I caught part of Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts‘s set under the tent. I heard someone describe Sam Roberts as the Canadian Bruce Springsteen and certainly the comparison seemed apt.

The rain really started to fall as Citizen Cope took the main stage. Despite the rain Citizen Cope served up some spectacular music. His laid back flip-flop rock lightened the mood with   “Back Together“
  and
  “107°.”   And a mean version of the protest song “Bullet And A Target”  brought energy to the wet crowd.
 Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope capped the set with the ballad  “Sideways.”

Next Jamaican reggae superstar Eek-A-Mouse filled the Wildflower tent with reggae lovers and good vibes.  This unique singjay performed his smash hit  “Ganja Smuggling”  to a most appreciative audience. Interesting enough the Mouse also performed a cover of Dolly Parton‘s classic country song
 “Jolene.”  It was amazing. The Mouse soaked up the Texas outlaw sound dropping gun-slinging rhymes and rawhide whips.
 Eek-A-Mouse is quite the entertainer demanding crowd participation and ensuring sweet reggae grooves. With the crowd shouting “Irie” the Mouse dropped the reggae classic  “Wa-Do-Dem” and closed with  “Sensi Party.”

Mos Def performed on the AMD stage playing a red hot version of 
”Casa Bey”  from the new album The Ecstatic. The Brooklyn rapper also covered one of Bobby Brown‘s love songs “Roni.”  The smooth voice and bass heavy beats of this young rhyme sayer leaves fans bobbing their heads.

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Devotchka turned out to be the highlight of the evening. In fact, I consider Devotchka to be the nicest surprise at the festival this year. I knew certain bands would kick ass. But I wasn’t even planning on seeing Devotchka until some of my friends talked me into seeing them. The Denver-based band of gypsies rocked and rollicked. One amazing performing burlesque artist glided above stage on a giant red curtain. Devotchka includes multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. I highly recommend seeing this band. You will not be let down. Their music is beautiful and fun. One of my friends said she liked to listen to this band when she cleaned. I can see why. It doesn’t matter if your are cleaning or standing in the mud Devotchka deserves a listen.

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The Dave Matthews Band headlined Saturday night. The group played my favorite song off the new album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King entitled  “Funny The Way It Is.” Also from the new album the boys kicked out “Shake Me Like A Monkey” and “Spaceman.”  The Dave Matthews Band played some classic tracks, including “Jimi Thing” and
 “Cornbread.”
 And after a brilliant cover version of the Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House,” launched into the crowd pleasers
 “So Much To Say,”  
”Ants Marching,” and  “Two Step.”

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009