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OLDIES SUNDAY: Jessie Ripoll Children’s Choir – Hands Across Jamaica (1995)


Happy Sunday, and it’s a new month! May is recognized as Child’s Month, and on Oldies Sunday we celebrate the youth. For today’s selection, we go back a couple decades for a song that has touched many, and was presented by the youth. Today we look back at the Jessie Ripoll Children’s Choir’sLet’s Join Hands Across Jamaica For Righteousness“.

Released in 1995 as through the “Hands Across Jamaica For RighteousnessOrganization which was founded by Motivational Speaker, Yvonne Coke, “Hands Across Jamaica” was the theme song for the Organization which sought to achieve “Motto, Anthem and Pledge (MAP) until every Jamaican is made fully conscious of the potential of their godly inheritance of beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and move to fulfill Jamaica’s mandate to advance the welfare of the whole human race.” The song was performed by members of the Jessie Ripoll School’s Children’s Choir, and was a staple in the media for years. The song was also given a music video treatment which was produced by the Creative Production & Training Centre (CPTC). This selection may bring back a lot of memories for some, including former members of the Children’s Choir. Let the kids inspire you to do some good today.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Trinity – Three Piece Suit (1975)


Today on Oldies Sunday, we celebrate a Jamaican Icon who has transitioned on to the big session in the afterlife. Today we show respect to the late Wade “Trinity” Brammer and his classic, “Three Piece Suit“.

Produced by Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson and released through Belmont Records in 1975, Trinity delivered his track in a style that we know as “toasting/deejaying“. A style that was also made popular by the likes of U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, and many others, Trinity got lyrical over the “version/instrumental” of the popular Alton Ellis single, “I’m Still In Love With You” to speak about his situation with a voluptuous woman. The single was later featured on Trinity’s 1977 album of the same name. A song that is considered one of the first Dancehall songs, it became a huge hit for Trinity, and later inspired a counteraction track from Jamaican duo Althea & Donna titled, “Uptown Top Ranking” which went on to become a classic. Since the release of “Three Piece Suit”, Trinity helped to inspire the new generations of artists especially in the growing genre known as Dancehall, has collaborated with some of the top artists, and released a lot more classic material. Trinity passed away on April 9, 2021, but his music continues to live on.

thank you trinity. walk good!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Judy Mowatt – Black Woman (1977)


In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today we close off the month, and our selection comes from a Woman who has made great strides, the legendary Judy Mowatt with “Black Woman“!

Produced by Judy Mowatt and Geoffrey Chung and released through Ashandan Records in 1977, this is one of Mowatt’s most important songs as she promotes, loves, and pays tribute to the Black Woman, and her pride and immense strength. The Black Woman has experienced and endured so much, and Judy’s song has gone on to be more than a tribute, but a song that has lived through generations, and inspired many. “Black Woman” is featured on Mowatt’s 1979 album of the same name, which is another important feat for her as she was recognized as the first Jamaican female recording artist who took on the role of producing the album in its entirety. Since the release of “Black Woman”, Judy Mowatt has gone on to become a legendary artist with various releases, and also became the first female artist to be nominated for a Reggae Grammy in 1985. As we close off the month, may we continue to celebrate the Women, and most importantly, protect them.

Thank You Judy Mowatt!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Gem Myers – One Man Woman (1986)


In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today, our selection comes from one of Jamaica’s greatest Vocalists, Gem Myers with her track, “One Man Woman“.

Produced by Fab 5 and released through Stage Records in 1986, Gem Myers makes it clear from the start that she has no time for entertaining conversations from other men, and no time for playing around as she’s a one man woman. No time for intimidation, exploitation, confusion, and the boderation, Gem can only deal with one person, and he is doing what he’s supposed to to keep her happy. In a time when people celebrate having multiple partners or playing games with people’s hearts, Gem is a woman who would be referred to as a “one burner”. “One Man Woman” was a popular single when it was released, and was the first track on her 1987 album of the same name. Since “One Man Woman”, she has went on to release more music before being a staple at various events over the years in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and parts of the world. We truly believe she’s an underrated Vocalist, and she should be celebrated more. We hope our article starts a conversation in the right direction.

thank you gem myers

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Margarita – Woman Come (1964)


In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today, our selection comes from the late Anita Mahfood a.k.a. MargaritaThe Famous Rhumba Queen” with the track, “Woman Come“.

Produced by Arthur “Duke” Reid and released through the Black Swan label in 1964, “Woman Come” (sometimes labeled “Woman A Come”) was Margarita’s “love letter” to then boyfriend Musician Don Drummond. With Rastafarian influences thanks to backing by The Skatalites, the band that Drummond was a member of and composed songs for. This was Margarita’s first release, and she was one of the first female artists to do so, and sadly her last release. Her lyricism was praised, and was arguably an inspiration for female Dancehall movement in the following decades. The song was a popular one among her growing fanbase, with hopes that she would continue releasing more. Sadly, on December 31, 1965, Margarita’s life was tragically taken at the hands of Drummond (more on that here), but she left a mark that would seal her as a legend in Jamaica. She would be later honoured at the University Of Technology, and at the Jamaica Music Museum.

THANK YOU MARGARITA!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Bunny Wailer – Electric Boogie (1980)


Today, we celebrate another Jamaican music Icon who has transitioned to the big session in the afterlife. Today on Oldies Sunday, we go back in time to check out the classic “Electric Boogie” by “Jah B“, the “Blackheart Man”, and the last Wailer, Bunny Wailer.

Produced through his Solomonic Music label and released in 1980, Bunny Wailer gave us a song that was bound to make us move! With his “Electric Boogie”, we were gonna get shockwaves of good energy from the dynamic production, and Bunny’s attention grabbing lyrics. Originally written and recorded in 1976, “Electric Boogie” did not perform very well when released, but when Marcia Griffith re-recorded it and released it in 1983 for her “Carousel” album that it began to catch on. When Marcia’s version got remixed and released as “Electric Slide” in 1989 paired with a line dance, it became a smash hit, and one of the most successful singles by a female Reggae Artist ever. “Electric Boogie” would also get a re-release in 1989 along with an energetic music video. It was featured on Bunny’s 1993 album, “Just Be Nice“. “Electric Boogie” still gets plays worldwide, and remains one of Bunny Wailer’s most recognized songs. Born Neville Livingston, Bunny Wailer passed away on March 2, 2021 at the age of 73. May his legacy live on!

THANK YOU BUNNY WAILER!

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