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OLDIES SUNDAY: Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On (1981)


In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. In our next selection, we  highlight the late Singer, Sonya (sometimes Sonja or Sonia) Spence. She was a part of the new wave of promising acts in the 1970s and 80s. Today we look back at her single, “Let Love Flow On“. Produced by Sonia Pottinger (Jamaica’s 1st female Producer) for High Note Records in 1981, this was featured on Spence’s “Sings Love” album that was released in the same year. With a blend of Funk, Reggae, and Soul, Sonya spreads her soft vocals all over the production, and will find you grooving with your favourite person.

While Sonia had a run that birthed a few popular tracks and the release of a few albums, the later days were not very kind to her as she developed a drug habit. She made appearances at various places including Schools (Editor’s note: She made numerous visits to Manchester high when I was a student there) where she would warn against drug abuse, and she’d lend her voice to a few persons along the way till she passed away in 2007.

We hope you enjoy our selection today. Be sure to check out the track and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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OLDIES SUNDAY (Christmas): @MrLevy411 & Trinity – I Saw Mommy Kissing A Dreadlocks (1981)


Hello December! It’s that favourite time for many, the Christmas Season! While many may have opinions on the season, or don’t wish to celebrate it, you can’t go wrong with remembering the real reason for the season, and the great music that pops up! On the first Oldies Sunday of December, we kick off a Christmas Edition, and the first selection comes from the legendary Barrington Levy! Remixing the Jimmy Boyd 1952 classic, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“, Barrington drops “I Saw Mommy Kissing A Dreadlocks“! Released by Mic Productions and features Recording Artist/Producer Trinity, this song was featured on the 1981 Christmas compilation project titled, “Yard Style Christmas”! In the song Barrington sings about catching his Mother kissing a dreadlocked Santa Claus who stopped at his house because of a storm and brought greetings and gifts of Sensimilla (Marijuana) from Jah.

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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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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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