Summer is almost here, and that means road trips, parties, and new clothes. Recently, clothing giant H&M unveiled a new commercial launching their “Forever Summer” campaign. Providing the soundtrack was UK Recording Artist Izzy Bizu who covered Jamaican band Inner Circle’s 1993 single, “Sweat“. The single was featured on the band’s 1992 Grammy winning “Bad To The Bone” album and was a number 1 song in many countries including Ireland, Austria, and Germany. “Sweat” was also sampled by Laza Morgan for “One By One“, and Jamie T’s “If You Got The Money“. Check out the commercial below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Today’s Oldies Sunday Selection comes from Jamaican Recording Artist, Carl Douglas. Titled “Kung Fu Fighting“, this was produced by Biddu for PYE Records in 1974. At that time, Martial Art films (termed “Chopsocky“) were increasing in popularity worldwide (especially in Jamaica), and at a time during the rise of Disco music, Carl created it as a tribute.
Missed the 2015 Grammy Awards? Not to worry because Poonchie caught most of it and presents a review thanks to Bella Blair! Catch her review on the performances, the fashion and the happenings in a way only Poonchie can deliver. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Fresh off his Grammy wins is the lyrical don, Kendrick Lamar with something for the Black-conscious folks. Titled “The Blacker The Berry” and features Jamaica’s own Agent Sasco, they both tackle social issue of Racism in a very aggressive and thought-provoking way over the combo production from Boi-1da and Terrance Martin. A great fit for Black History Month, and the rest of the year. Kendrick’s untitled album is on the way. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
“Personally” is a single created by the Nigerian duo P-Squared. Since its release it has been a hit on Youtube and many other avenues. It has been so much of a hit that Jamaican acts have gravitated to the Instrumental and today Busy Signal is one of those acts to tackle it. Titled “Professionally“, Busy speaks on being the ladies man and the things he does with them professionally. He also drops a line about selling platinum records and aiming for a Grammy. Jamaicans are not new at having their own take on a popular song but Busy Signal had to make sure he did it justice. Wine fi me baby. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
This generation rules the nation with version! Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from British Child Reggae Band, Musical Youth. Titled “Pass The Dutchie” and produced by Peter Collins in 1982, this is a song about facing extreme poverty. This song was redone version of the Mighty Diamonds’ hit “Pass The Kutchie” which was a song about smoking Marijuana. In the redone version, “Kutchie” was replaced with “Dutchie“, which was the name of a cooking pot.