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OLDIES SUNDAY: King Sporty – Thinking Of You (1973)


Yesterday (September 19) marked the 77th birthday of the late Singer/Musician/DJ/Producer, King Sporty. A man who was never afraid to try new things, he was a man who mastered his craft well, and the world loved him. Today, we salute him on “Oldies Sunday” with the selection, “Thinking Of You“.

Released in 1973 through the Konduko label, it was a more uptempo cover of The Blues Busters’ 1971 track which was produced by the late Byron Lee. King Sporty handled production here as it was a smooth blend of Reggae, Funk, and Soul sounds. On the track, Sporty shares lyrics about a lost love who he misses dearly, how them separating affected him, and pleads they give their relationship another chance. The production was really good on this, and made many believe that Sporty was the original performer of the track. “Thinking Of You” was played at various gigs including the Gusman Hall in Miami, Florida, where King Sporty resided and became a pioneer for the Miami Reggae scene.

Prior to “Thinking Of You”, King Sporty was a DJ for the late “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s sound system. In the 70s, he became a label owner, performer, and co-wrote the Bob Marley classic, “Buffalo Soldier“. Since the mid-80s, he was married to the late legendary R&B Singer Betty Wright until his death in 2015. “Thinking Of You” was sampled in 2010 by Hip Hop group Fun Lovin’ Criminals for their “Classic Fantastic” track.

Walk good, King Sporty!

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.@AlicaiHarley Asks The Important Questions On “I Just Wanna Know”


When it comes to love and making new connections, people just want to know that they’re making the right decisions. You can’t be mad at someone who has their best interest at heart. For Jamaican born/UK based Recording Artist Alicaì Harley (Happy belated Birthday!), she asks the important questions on, “I Just Wanna Know“.

With a video directed by Rebekah Bird a.k.a. Rebekahbcreative, Alicaì Harley gets her 50 Cent21 Questions” on here as she asks her love interest (played by Model Ty-Reece Stewart) what are his intentions with her, and how will handle the relationship moving forward. With a colourful visual filled with Alicaì looking glamorous in different fashion and hair styles, this is one to watch over and over. How many of you want to recreate the bathtub scene? Alicaì’s versatile delivery of the AntiWave produced track compliments the visual well, and will become a favourite of yours in no time. Alicaì has been making some great moves in her career, and is on her way to becoming a name that rings even more bells in the music scene worldwide. Watch her tek it to dem!

(Editor’s note: I think Alicaì would give GyalKapone’s “Never” a dope remix!)

(Shout out to all the couples out there, those who are trying to make it work, and those trying to make the reconnections after being apart.)

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.@BlvkH3ro, @LenoBanton To Appear On @UB40Official’s Upcoming Album!


Jamaica’s newest generation of creatives continue to make a mark on the music scene. Whether they’re breaking barriers or making historical moves, the world is tuned in and ready to give its support. Two of those creatives making big moves are Blvk H3ro, and Leno Banton as they’ve joined the legendary UK Reggae band UB40 on their 21st studio album, “Bigga Baggariddim“.

While reports of the collaborations came about from as early as 2018, UB40 gave fans a taste of what’s to come through their recent “UBZoomy” livestreams. UB40, whose hits include “Kingston Town“, “Red Red Wine“, and “Can’t Help Falling In Love“, have previously collaborated with Jamaican acts like Lady Saw, Maxi Priest, Dillinger, Kabaka Pyramid, and Inner Circle in addition to covering many more. This marks Leno Banton’s first collaboration with the band, and the second for Blvk H3ro as he previously appeared on the Dub version of their “For The Many” album in 2019. Banton, who recently released “Brown Sugar” and appeared on Wavy Jones’Sine Energy” EP, is gearing up to release more singles for the rest of 2020, and is working on a full length project. Blvk H3ro on the other hand, has been staying very busy throughout the year as he released various singles, collaborated with the likes of Wavy Jones, Wayne J, Skillibeng, King Izem, and Di Ruption, and is working on a follow up to his 2019 debut album, “The Immortal Steppa“.

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Starr Dane, @DaleVirgo, @Scantana1 Bring Covid 19 Awareness On “State Of Emergency”


The Covid 19 pandemic continues its world tour, and is taking along many lives with it. With it becoming an everyday news headline, many are still being ignorant to the dangers of this virus, and fail to follow the procedures to ensure that the number of positive cases decrease, and we find a way to vaccinate ourselves from it. While there are many campaigns and programs to spread awareness, Jamaica’s DZL Records makes a statement with, “State Of Emergency”.

Teaming up with Recording Artists Scantana and Starr Dane, and the Label’s Producer Dale “Dizzle” Virgo, the song starts off with Starr Dane chanting the line, “Urgency, urgency” to get your attention with what’s going on in the world. Promoting proper sanitization, the practice of Social Distancing and the wearing of masks, Starr Dane also makes listeners aware of the consequences of not following protocol issued by the Government of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Health. Dale Virgo who not only produced the track, joins Scantana as they skillfully lent their vocals to further drive home the message. The song features samples of various Jamaican news reports  and a speech by the Prime Minister Andrew Holness covering the Covid 19 pandemic.

STAY SAFE! FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS! WE NEED COVID 19 OUT OF HERE!

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.@MzMusic Gives A Reggae Twist To Her Soulful “All Your Fault (Remix)”


Love is lovely, and it’s a beautiful thing. Toronto based Recording Artist Lisa Banton (not to be confused with the Guyanese Artist of the same name) has been experiencing love in so many ways, and she shares how she feels about it in the remix to her single, “All Your Fault.

Produced by Johnny Keys, Lisa Banton sings about the new love she has in her life, and the many ways he has affected her life. From piecing together her broken heart, to him being a topic of all her discussions, to being so addicted to him and his love, she expresses it all in a very soulful way. With a powerful delivery, she makes you feel that love she’s been enjoying, and it’s definitely his fault. A singer who has been on the scene for little over ten years, she has been putting it the work with her various R&B and Pop releases, and has been a performer who leaves nothing but great impressions. Dabbling into Reggae for her single shows that she can tackle whatever comes at her, and she provides great results. Get familiar.

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King Cruff Gets Into A “Blackberry Groove” On Latest Single!


Canada based Rapper King Cruff (f.k.a. Solyd Roy) has been keeping himself busy this year. While his output wasn’t heavy early on, he looks to make a statement with upcoming releases. One of the releases is the new single called, “Blackberry Groove“.

Produced by Teej a.k.a. Teej Made The Beat, King Cruff put together a track will surely light a fire in you to get moving. With a bass heavy production, this will rattle speakers, rooms, and your ear drums. When speaking about the creative process for the track, King Cruff shared, “I always find it interesting when a song has the overall vibe of being happy, but when you really pree the lyrics, there’s a touch of melancholy in there. That’s exactly how Blackberry Groove came about. When me and Smoothe locked into the studio session, I was feeling a bit disconnected from everything around me. So I tapped into that feeling, and wrote lyrics that would uplift myself, and anybody else who has that type of anxiety“. Accompanying the single is a music video directed by Lighter Juice that plays around with a lot of 3D work. Whether performing at the beach or running with the Lions, King Cruff brings new energy and vibes, and wants to get you into a “Blackberry Groove”! Be on the lookout for more from King Cruff!

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