OLDIES SUNDAY: Top 5 Jamaican Mother’s Day Songs On The Radio

This goes out to all the mamas, the baby mamas, the grandmothers, the aunties…you get the drift. Did you ever notice every year on Mother’s Day you hear some very familiar songs on the radio? Well I can’t be the only one so today my Oldies Sunday selection focuses on 5 Jamaican songs that never failed in getting airplay on Mother’s Day.

#5 – Richie Stephens x Bounty Killa – Pot Of Gold

With a mix of Richie Stephens’ singing and Bounty’s deejaying, this tribute was recorded for the “Pot Of Gold” label and has been a staple every year since it’s release.

#4 – Anthony Cruz – Mama’s Blessing

Released in 2003/2004 on the “I SwearRiddim, Anthony Cruz sang about the hardships his mother went through to provide the best life for him. Never fails when it comes getting airplay this time of the year.

#3 – Vybz Kartel – Mama

This NotNice Records produced effort was released in 2009 on the “Story TellaRiddim and has been deemed an instant classic by many Vybz Kartel fans. Expect lots of zinc beating, pot cover clashing, and much more excitement when this Theresa Wilson-Palmer tribute is played.

#2 – Garnet Silk – Mama

In this remixed cover of the Chairmen Of The Board 1970s original and the Clarence Carter cover, Garnett assured to his mother that she can depend on him for anything seeing that she has worked so hard to provide for him. Released in 1993, this was one of Garnett’s final songs before tragedy took him and his mother’s lives in December 1994. This Courtney Cole produced single has been a fixture since then.

#1 – Sizzla – Thank You Mama

One of Sizzla’s best songs, this 2003 release not only increased his 2002 album, “The Real Thing“‘s popularity, but was later deemed a Mother’s Day anthem. You’ve heard this song on every station, every street dance, and I’m sure you have it in your playlist right now. Produced by Bobby Digital, this song is probably the first selection that comes to mind when you say “Mother’s Day” and “Reggae” in the same sentence.

Honourable Mentions 

Beenie Man x Merciless – Oh Mama

I Octane – Mama You Alone 

Jah Vinci – Mama Love

Christopher Martin – Mama

Tarrus Riley – She’s Royal

Singing Melody – Love For Mama

Capleton – Mama And Papa

While I know many have their own selections (and someone might cuss me out over MY list), feel free to share yours in the comments section. Happy Mother’s Day!





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