Posts Tagged ‘Jamaica’

Robbie Shakespeare, 1953 — 2021

December 15, 2021

Robbie Shakespeare, influential Reggae bassist, died last week at the age of 68. He and drummer Sly Dunbar formed the Grammy-winning duo Sly & Robbie, and were in-demand recording artists for over 40 years, primarily in the Reggae and Dub genres, but also for Rock and R&B sessions.

More:

“Reggae legend Robbie Shakespeare dies aged 68,” Lianne Kolirin, CNN

“Sly & Robbie’s Robbie Shakespeare Dies at 68,” Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork

“Robbie Shakespeare of reggae duo Sly and Robbie dies at 68,” Kate Chappell, Reuters

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Video: “Plastic Dub,” Sly & Robbie, 1993.

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War Ina Babylon

June 12, 2021

“War Ina Babylon,” written by Max Romeo and Lee Perry, recorded by Max Romeo and The Upsetters, 1976. Harmony vocals by Barry Llewellyn, Earl Morgan, Cynthia Schloss, and Marcia Griffiths. Lyrics here.

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How Sweet It Is

November 2, 2019

“How Sweet It Is,” written and recorded by singers Lloyd Campbell and Phillip James (The Blues Busters) accompanied by Byron Lee and The Dragonaires. This is a 1967 edited version of a 1964 Jamaican recording.

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Keep On Running

February 25, 2018

“Keep On Running,” written and recorded by Jackie Edwards, 1965.

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Somebody Help Me

January 21, 2018

“Somebody Help Me,” written and recorded by by Jackie Edwards, 1966.

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Country Roads, Mon

May 20, 2017

“Country Roads,” written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and (maybe) John Denver, as interpreted by Toots & the Maytals in 1974.

‘Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Jamaica, my ol’ momma
Take me home country roads’

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Christmas Is Here

December 26, 2016

“Christmas Is Here,” written and performed by the Wailers ( Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh) in 1964. Sound the trumpet!

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Israelites

July 10, 2016

“Israelites,” written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong, recorded by Desmond Dekker & the Aces in 1968.

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Don’t Stay Away

June 4, 2016

“Don’t Stay Away,” written and performed by Phyllis Dillon, accompanied by Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. This 1966 recording is considered a Jamaican rocksteady classic.

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A Message to You

May 22, 2016

A message to you rude boys, from Dandy Livingstone, recorded in 1967. The song was a hit for The Specials in 1979.

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