OLDIES SUNDAY: Happy Birthday @HarryBelafonte x Banana Boat Song (1956)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday is dedicated to Singer, Actor and Activist, Harry Belafonte who celebrates his 88th birthday. His most famous song, “Banana Boat Song (Day O)” is the featured selection. Released in 1956 by RCA and written by Irving Burgie and William Attaway, this was adapted from the song Jamaican Banana Workers would sing while they toiled on the docks. The song was also featured on Belafonte’s million unit selling “Calypso” album. Harry achieved great success with this single as it peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts in 1957, made its debut performance on The Muppet Show, made an appearance in the 1988 film “Beetlejuice“, and has over the years been covered by many artists. Despite the previous version of the song and the covers, Harry Belafonte’s version stood out the most and has become one of his signature songs.

Happy Birthday Harry Belafonte and thank you for this song!

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NEW MUSIC: @RealIOctane x @TheAlkaline x @Mavado_Gully – Above Them

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Staying higher than mountains today are I Octane, Alkaline and Mavado. In what a few would call an unlikely combination comes “Above Them“. Produced by DJ Frass Records, we hear the trio speak on elevating themselves, looking back at their struggles, achieving success and laughing at those who try to stop them. Interesting to hear these three on one track, but they make it work over a dope DJ Frass production. Three artists who respect each other’s work, and one track that I believe will be a hot one this year. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW MUSIC: @ItsToian – Love It

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While she gave you “Rude Boys“, Toian was getting the 2nd single ready for your ears and now here it is. Titled “Love It” and produced by Class One Music, Toian continues where she left off with “Rude Boys” and picks up the pace here. She shows love to the Marverley Rude Boys and says she wants to be “More than your likkle browning“. Loving this track as it gives off a retro vibe and with the previous efforts getting good reception, “Retrospect” will definitely be in heavy rotation when it drops on March 17. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @NoiseyMusic Presents: Toots Hibbert And The Congos – Jamdown (1981)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday feature comes from Noisey Music’s “Found Tapes” series. What is considered the “Holy Grail” of Reggae films is “JamDown” that features Reggae artist Toots Hibbert and cult Reggae group The Congos. Released in 1981 and directed by Emmanuel Brown and Theiry Deknut, this featured rare early footage of Toots, and The Congos, who were at the height of their fame, performing songs from their respective catalogs. The Congos are a Reggae group that was formed in the early 1970s and the members included “Ashanti” Roy Johnson, Cedric Myton, and Watty Burnett. Their most famous contribution to Reggae was their classic “Heart of the Congos” which was produced by Lee “Scratch” PerryToots Hibbert is a Reggae Singer who started his career with his group The Maytals in the 1960s. Watch the film below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW MUSIC: @BusySignal_Turf – Whatsapp

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Busy Signal is all about the social media “linkage” in his latest tune. Titled “Whatsapp“, this borrows the instrumental from Byron Lee & The Dragonaires’Tiney Winey” and Busy Signal speaks on his escapades with the ladies through the various social networks that he uses. A hot single here as I heard it numerous times before its release. A perfect song to add to your Dancehall and Soca playlists. R.I.P. Byron Lee. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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