OLDIES SUNDAY: Boris Gardiner – Every N***** Is A Star (1973)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from a great singer, Boris Gardiner. Titled “Every Nigger Is A Star” and produced by Leal Records in 1973, this was created in the era of Blaxploitation Films and strong Black Pride. Boris created this song as an effort to bring a positive tone to the word “Nigger” the same way Hip Hop music has been doing today in various songs. Boris also sang about loneliness, reflecting on Africa, and acceptance and recognition of the black man. The song was featured on the soundtrack that he and his brother Barrington were contracted to make for the movie of the same name. The movie was made also in an effort to bring a change to the word, but turned out to be a huge flop in Theaters.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @ItsTheTifa – Bottom Of The Barrel (2008)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from one of Dancehall’s leading ladies, Tifa. Titled “Bottom Of The Barrel” which was produced by Ward 21 and released in 2008, we hear Tifa portraying herself as being superior to many other females out there. She speaks about women who do not take care of themselves and get caught up in many careless situations and shouts out all the women who keep themselves on point at all times and stay out of distasteful situations. “Bottom Of The Barrel” was Tifa’s first top ten hit in 2008 and became a favourite for many listeners. Since then she has made her way to be hailed as one of Dancehall’s elite artists belting out hit after hit ranging from “Hot Gal” anthems, R&B singles to even songs where she showcased how lyrical she can be. She was also a part of the female trio, “TNT” with Ward 21 label mates Natalie Storm and Timberlee which produced a mixtape titled “TNT – Three The Hard Way” in the same year.

Today, Tifa is currently signed to North America based Island Kings Records, the face of “Sound Is Genius” where she has released a line of Headphones, a Digicel Jamaica Brand Ambassador and is still a sought out artist. With “Bottom Of The Barrel” added to the list of her most loved singles, she still has many more hits to add to it.

Thank You Tifa for this song!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: John Holt @ @SunSplash_ES 2013

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With the news of the passing of Reggae Icon John Holt, 13th Street Promotions today honours his life and work by showcasing one of his final concert performances. Joined by Lloyd Parkes and We The People band and introduced by Sophia Brown, viewers will be treated to over an hour of John Holt reeling through his many hits at the 2013 staging of Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. With a career spanning over 50 years, John Holt started out a member of group, “The Paragons” before finding great acclaim as a solo artist. With over 40 albums to his name, Holt paved the way for many Reggae artists and was a top act at many concerts. He has been sampled by Kanye West (Jay-Z’s “Encore”), Supa Dups (Collie Buddz’s “Blind To You”), Lily Allen (Friend Of Mine) and covered by the likes of Blondie, UB40, U-Roy and many more. As said recently by Reggae Singer Bob Andy, “He lived a full life!“. Walk good John Holt! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Miss_GraceJones – Pull Up To The Bumper (1981)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday entry comes from Model/Singer/Actress, Grace Jones. Titled “Pull Up To The Bumper” and produced by Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin for Island Records in 1981, Grace’s lyrics were depicted to have sexual connotations and of course sparked some controversy at that time. With lyrics like “Pull up to my bumper baby, with your long black limousine..“, various media outlets refused to play it. It was revealed years later that the lyrics were not meant to have a sexual theme.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @IAmDJMucho x @KingEarthquake x Prodigy Movements Present: The Promised Land (Tribute To Dennis Brown)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday selection pays tribute to one of the legends of Reggae Music, the late Dennis Emmanuel Brown. DJ Mucho, along with Earthquake Intl. Sound and Prodigy Movements present “The Promised Land (Tribute To Dennis Emmanuel Brown)“. This mix highlights some of the hits that the “Crown Prince of Reggae” created and even clips from some of his interviews over his rather lengthy career. From a child singer to an influence to future artists, Dennis Brown was always a top act with his commanding delivery and lyrics. Check out the mixtape below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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