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OLDIES SUNDAY: @SteelPulse – Steppin’ Out (1984)


It’s Grammy season! With Reggae Artists like Koffee, Julian Marley, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, and Third World in the running to cop one this year, we felt the need to highlight one of the unique moments in the Reggae category on Oldies Sunday. The aforementioned Steel Pulse Band is up with their 1984 classic, “Steppin’ Out“! Produced by Steel Pulse, Jimmy “Senyah” Haynes, and Del Newman, the track was featured on their 5th studio album, “Earth Crisis“. “Steppin’ Out” is also one of the first Reggae singles to be nominated for a Grammy award. The other single to be nominated was Jimmy Cliff’sReggae Night“. The Grammy eventually went to Black Uhuru in 1985 for their “Anthem” album.

With its energetic production, the single became a favourite for many listeners. Since its release, it has been sampled by the likes of Hip Hop Artists Rakim, Bun B, Blac Monks, Society, and EDM Artist Miguel Migs. It has also been covered by Alborosie, and remixed by Producer Steve Thompson, and the late legendary DJ Screw (you can hear the screwed & chopped version below).

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.@DiRealShaggy & @OfficialSting Perform “Don’t Make Me Wait” At 60th Grammys!


The 60th Grammy Awards event was a memorable one for many. While some went home with awards, there were others who got “robbed“, and others performed and made an impact. It was all fun when Host James Corden teamed up with International Recording Artists Shaggy and Sting for a special version of “Carpool Karaoke“. With the location of the Grammys being in New York, they took it to the Subway to perform a 3 man version of Shaggy and Sting’s new single, “Don’t Make Me Wait“. The performance was met with boos however as passengers weren’t enjoying Corden’s contribution. Being persistent, Corden continued to perform with them only to end up with a bloody nose.

The 2nd half of Shaggy & Sting’s appearance found them being introduced at the Grammys by Corden for a real performance of their new single. It first kicked off with Sting performing his classic “Englishman In New York” which followed by Shaggy appearing onstage later. With many mistaking Shaggy for Rapper Jim Jones because of his appearance, the performance was an awesome one, and definitely had people looking forward to their “44/876” project which has a April 20 release date. Check out the videos below!

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Road To The Reggae Grammy: We Look Back At The Nominations Of 1994!


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 1994.

Nominees

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1. Black Uhuru – Mystical Truth

While Jamaican Music enjoyed some crossover success at the time, Reggae Band Black Uhuru stayed true to its sound with their 1993 Album, “Mystical Truth”. Featuring tracks like “Dreadlock Pall Bearers”, “Living In The City”, and “Mercy Street”, the project earned them a nomination for the 1994 Grammy Awards.

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2. Burning Spear – The World Should Know

Known for his music with a conscious message, Reggae Artist Burning Spear received his 5th career Grammy nomination for his 1993 Album, “The World Should Know”. With 10 tracks, this Album featured the tunes “I Stand Strong”, “Sweeter Than Chocolate”, and “Identity”. Spear went on to receive a total of 12 nominations in his career, winning 2 awards himself.

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Road To The Reggae Grammy: We Look Back At The Nominations Of 1992!


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 1992.

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Nominees

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1. Black Uhuru – Iron Storm

To kick off the newly named “Best Reggae Album” category of the 1992 Grammy Awards, Reggae Band Black Uhuru were nominated for their 1991 Album, “Iron Storm”. This Album came during one of their many group changes, and it featured the singles “Trouble”, “Dance Hall Vibes”, and the title track.

 

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2. Bunny Wailer – Gumption

 The original Wailer Bunny Wailer received his 2nd Grammy nomination with his 1990 Album, “Gumption”. The Album consisted of 10 tracks, and featured his versions of singles like “Buss Dem Shut” (Bob Marley), “Dog War” (Toots And The Maytals), and “See And Blind” (Neville Livingston).

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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.

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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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Road To The Reggae Grammy: We Look Back At The Nominations Of 1985!


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 1985, which was the first time that a Grammy was awarded for the Reggae category.

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Nominees

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1. Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Night (Single)

Before the “Best Reggae Album” Grammy, there was the “Best Reggae Recording” category. This category was open to both singles and albums before officially switching to the album only format in 1992. Jimmy Cliff’s hit single “Reggae Night” was thrown into the running. The single was produced by Amir Bayyan, Jim Bonnefond, and Ronald Bell, and was written by Bayyan and La Toya Jackson. This single was also featured on the Artist’s 1983 Album, “The Power And The Glory”. It went on to be one of Cliff’s biggest hits.

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2. Steel Pulse – Steppin’ Out

Another single that was considered for a Grammy award was UK Reggae Band Steel Pulse’s “Steppin’ Out”! This was produced by the Band along with Jimmy “Senyah” Haynes, and Del Newman, and written by lead vocalist David Hines. The single was also featured on their 1984 Album, “Earth Crisis”, and went on to be a favourite among fans.

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