As we close off another Black History Month and Reggae Month, we’d like the same energy to be kept throughout the year, and the rest that follow. We want people to continue pushing for more black consciousness, and the growth of that good music. With that said, we present to you “The Black Playlist“! Featuring music that look at the Black Man’s struggle, the progression, highlighting our black heroes, and celebrating Melanin, we have music that have touched various generations. We hope this one is kept on repeat and shared. Check out the Playlist below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Jamaica’s music continues to leave an impression on many worldwide, and today’s no different. Hours ago, Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z announced their “On The Run 2” Tour. While fans all over get their things ready to see their Idols perform live, music heads heard a familiar classic playing throughout the 45 second ad. Straight out of 1977 comes Marcia Aitken’s cover of “I’m Still In Love (With You Boy)“! Produced by Joe Gibbs, it gave the young Aitkens (who was a student at the Excelsior High School at the time) her first #1 hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK. The single was featured on her 1981 debut, “Reggae Impact“, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 Sir Coxsone Dodd produced hit (his version focused on “girl” as hers the opposite gender). “I’m Still In Love” has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.
For those wanting to attend OTR II, visit Beyonce.com. For those who want to dabble in Music History, check out the tracks below.
First they started out as the youth of the Dancehall/Reggae culture, now they’re parents with growing kids. It isn’t unusual for the child of an Entertainer to follow in their parent’s footsteps one way or the other as at times they bring a modern take on their parent’s creations, or create their own lane. Some of the most famous off springs include Stephen, Ziggy, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley (Sons of Bob Marley), Chino and Di Genius (Sons of Freddie McGregor), Junior Tucker (Son of Jimmy Tucker), Morgan Heritage (Children of Denroy Morgan), Tarrus Riley (Son of Jimmy Riley), Queen Ifrica (Daughter of Derrick Morgan), Protoje (Son of Lorna Bennett), Chronixx (Son of Chronicle) and many more. In part 4 of a few part series, I feature more of the new set of kids on the scene whose parents have covered much ground in their respective careers.
1. Juju Blood (D’Yung Veteran)
Famous Parent: Junior Reid
Occupation: Reggae Artist
Twitter/IG: @JujuBlood / @JujuReidMusic
Single(s): Don Dada (w/ Chris Matic), International Love
2. Jahazeil Myrie
Famous Parent: Buju Banton
Occupation: Reggae Artist
Twitter/IG: @JahazeilMusic / @Jahazeil_Myrie
Single(s): Who Am I
Being an offspring of one of Jamaica’s greatest Entertainers, the late Alton Ellis, Christopher Ellis aims to make a mark in music not only in Jamaica, but worldwide. Here on Onstage the UK based Singer spoke on being in Jamaica to record, experiencing the Island, touring with his father, working with Stephen Marley, being his own artist, his new single with Bay-C (formerly of T.O.K.), putting out more music. The Ellis Clan are a talented bunch so it’s no surprise here. Looking forward to more from Christopher Ellis. Check out the Interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Dropping a new tune just in time for the holidays is Dancehall/Reggae artist Dreggae. Titled “Uptown Girls“, Dreggae pays tribute to the Riddim that made Alton Ellis’ “I’m Still In Love With You” famous and speaks on the young ladies that occupy the “Uptown/Upper Class” section of Jamaica. Here he’s in a relationship with one and details her attitude and what they do. Short but a good listen that deserves numerous replays. Off his upcoming “Jukebox Jubie” project, check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
After dropping Raine Seville’s “Willow Tree” yesterday, I felt it was only right to play one of the original songs. Today I feature a song by the late Alton Ellis a.k.a. the GodFather of Rocksteady. Titled “Willow Tree” and produced by Coxsone Records in 1967, this was a cover of Chuck Jackson’s “My Willow Tree” which was done in 1962 but never made it to the music charts. This song is about finding new song all while sparing the “Willow Tree” from sharing the pain of past failed relationships.