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OLDIES SUNDAY: Deborahe Glasgow – Don’t Test Me (1989)


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. Today’s selection comes from the late English born Lovers Rock/Reggae Artist Deborahe Glasgow who, despite a short music career, developed a following, and contributed to a few classic tunes. We check out her 1989 single, “Don’t Test Me“. Produced by Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, this single was featured on her 1989 self titled debut album. It was also released as a single and a duet version with Dancehall Artist Shabba Ranks in 1990. With lyrics about not being a pushover and being confident in one’s self, the single was a rather motivating one back in the day. It got bigger with the addition of Shabba’s contribution, and was sampled by the late Notorious B.I.G. on Hip Hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s remix to their “Get Money” single in 1995.

Having started her career in her teens, she stepped out of the scene to devote more time to her family. Sadly she passed away in 1994, but is still remembered for her contributions to Lovers Rock, Reggae, and Dancehall.

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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We Close Black History Month With @ZiggyMarley & The Melody Makers’ “Black My Story”


With Black History Month and Reggae Month coming to an end, we’ve decided to close with a throwback! Going back to the year 1989, we look back at Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers’Black My Story (Not History)“. Produced by Chris Franz, Glen Rosentein, Tina Weymouth, and Ziggy Marley, this was released through Rita Marley Music and Virgin Records. In the song, Ziggy speaks on the progression of the black man and what they’ve contributed to the World, and encourages listeners to embrace it and not be fooled by the whitewashed version. He also names many African nations and promotes African Glory. The track is also the opener for the group’s 4th Album, “One Bright Day” which was also released in 1989.

To close off, here’s a quote from the late Nelson Mandela.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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Road To The Reggae Grammy: We Look Back At The Nominations Of 1989!


With the staging of the 60th Grammy Awards drawing near, we thought we’d look back at some of years where the Reggae Grammy was won. While many know of the winners, we also want to look back at some of the nominees. Today we’ll look at the year 1989.

Words By: @SwadeDaVillain 

Nominees

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1. Jimmy Cliff – Hanging Fire

Reggae Artist Jimmy Cliff received his 2nd Grammy nomination in his career with the 1987 Album, “Hanging Fire”. The Album featured 8 tracks, and included the singles “Reggae Down Babylon”, “Soar Like An Eagle”, and the title track, “Hanging Fire”.

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2. Toots Hibbert – Toots In Memphis

Toots Hibbert had a great run when paired up with The Maytals, but when he brought his Reggae sound to Memphis, Tennessee for an Album, it was considered one of his best works and earned him a Grammy nomination. The 1988 Album featured Toots taking on ’60s classics like “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”, “It’s A Shame”, “Love And Happiness” and more.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @RealJuniorReid – One Blood (1989)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Reggae legend Junior Reid with one of his biggest hits. Titled “One Blood” and produced by J.R. Productions in 1989, this was a song that encouraged unity amongst everyone no matter where they live, who they are, their conditions, and their race for they all shared “One Blood“. He also encouraged others to stop the warfare for it caused too much bloodshed.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @IAmPapaSan – I Will Survive (1989)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Papa San who was once hailed as one of the best deejays in Jamaica. This 1989 song “I Will Survive” which borrowed the chorus from Gloria Gaynor’s classic of the same name, chronicles Papa San’s life from age 1 to age 5. He deejays about being groomed by his mom, watching his father work to provide for the family, being punished, and experiencing new things.

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