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 VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews @IKayaOfficial

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Battling ugly girls shouldn’t be something Singer IKaya does but with her new single, she does just that. Here on Onstage she speaks on her new single “Ugly Girl“, her career so far, her greatest moments in her career, aiming to bring more positive and empowering music, and fighting against violence against women. A good interview here, IKaya also premiered her “Ugly Girl” music video. IKaya is a dope artist and I do wish her more success in the future. Check out the interview 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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PRESS RELEASE: @MelpoMellz Set To Release New Single In Jamaica

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Swedish recording artiste Melpo Mellz is set to release her new single ‘Whine Up’ produced by Cashflow Records. According to Melpo, “This song is about me having fun and celebrating the time given to me to shine; it carries a positive vibe”. She added, “The chorus of the song is me being led by the rhythm of the song while the verse is about showcasing me and my talents”. Mellz indicated that she also has many new songs to release as she is eager to make her mark in JamaicaMellz, who is also a choreographer and dancer in Sweden, encourages others to work hard and to use all their talents. She explained, “I try to combine all my skills in what I do; I choreograph, I dance and I am a singjay who writes my own lyrics. All of these skills came in handy as I used them to write the song and plan the video shoot for ‘Whine Up‘ which was shot in both Sweden and Jamaica”.

Whine Up’ will be released this month and its teasers have already been given thumbs up from its listeners.

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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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