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OLDIES SUNDAY: Mighty Sparrow – Jean & Dinah (1956)


Closing off another “Black History Month“, today’s Oldies Sunday selection salutes another Black talent who has made an impact on the world and the music culture. Today, we check out Calypso Icon Mighty Sparrow, and go back into time to check out his track, “Jean & Dinah” a.k.a. “Yankee’s Gone“.

Arranged by Cyril Diaz And His Orchestra and released through the Kay label in 1956, this was a song that featured Mighty Sparrow shedding light on the large-scale Prostitution that American Military bases supported in Trinidad and Tobago during the post-war period, the desperation that many Prostitutes went through after the closure of said bases, and the departure of the troops. He mentions a few names other than “Jean & Dinah” (The track was also called “Jean & Diana”) who did what they had to do to make a sale, but when things got bad, their businesses had to downscale. Sparrow also mentions that Night Clubs were feeling the pinch too as they were the go to spots for Military personnel to hang out, and the meet up spot for many Prostitutes to conduct business. With Sparrow’s social commentary and well written lyrics, “Jean & Dinah” became not only his first hit, but the song lead to him becoming a winner in the 1956 Trinidad Road March competition, and wearing the crown at the 1956 Calypso King/Monarch competition. “Jean & Dinah” has become one of his most famous songs, and it helped him to bring Calypso music to various parts of the world. It was covered by American Actor Robert Mitchum in 1957 (A Gentrification move?). A true legend, Mighty Sparrow went on to become “The Calypso King Of The World“, and his influence, sound, and wit birthed generations of artists and the blending of musical styles.

THANK YOU MIGHTY SPARROW

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.@MajorLazer Kicks Off A “Soca Storm” With New 3 Track EP!


Carnival 2020 is off to a great start so far. With lots of music being released already, just know that you’re in for an awesome time. Joining in the fun is the Major Lazer collective with their latest EP, “Soca Storm“! Featuring 3 tracks, the EP finds Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire collaborating with Soca Artists Mr. Killa and Zeek. With energetic production and lots of energy, you’ll find “Soca Storm” a great addition to your Soca playlists.

With Costumes being revealed by various Bands so far and events being announced, will you be a part of the “Jump & Wave” crowd this year? Check out the EP below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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We Look At Hip Hop’s Caribbean Side In The “Island Raps” Playlist!


How about a new Playlist? If you know Hip Hop’s history, you know the Caribbean played a huge part in its creation. While its influence continues to shape it over the years, there have a flurry of new Artists who have chosen to embark on careers Hip Hop related. Today, we highlight a few of the Artists that have been contributing to the growth of Hip Hop in the Caribbean in our latest Playlist, “Island Raps“! From Jamaica, to Trinidad and Tobago, to Haiti, to St. Lucia, we’re covering from some of the Islands that Hip Hop has been living in over the years. Get familiar with Yardie Rap, Yard Hip Hop/Trap, Latin Trap, Rap Kreyol, and more!

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.@HardDayzSoReal Pays Tribute To Grenada In “Di Greenz”!


Dropping something new today is Recording Artist Dayz Dubois (also known as “Hard Dayz“). Been a while since we’ve heard from the Blu Rok Artist, but today he pays tribute to his Island home Grenada in “Di Greenz“. Produced by Phantom Beatz, Dayz invites us to the “Spice Island” and gives us a mini tour of what makes this Island one to visit and enjoy. With “Spicemas” in a couple months, get this song in all the Tourism campaigns, and have it played in all the Pre-Spicemas events! Wave yuh flag and rep “Di Greenz“! Check out the track below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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@EstelleDarlings & @TarrusRileyJA Keep Each Other Smiling In “Love Like Ours”!


You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re in love? If not, you need some in your life! Let Estelle and Tarrus Riley make that happen with their new duet, “Love Like Ours“! Produced by Supa Dups, this a nice song to rock to, and something to chill on the couch with your lover and talk about love, life, and what to watch on Netflix to. Congrats to Estelle as she is the newest member of VP Records! When a love connection is made, let no evil heart tear it up. Listen to the track below, and get a love like theirs!

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NEW MUSIC: @HardDayzSoReal – Selah x Feelz Good


It’s been a while since we’ve heard some music from Blu Rok’s Hard Dayz. Today we present to you not one, but two tracks from the “Greenz Yaadi“. In “Feelz Good“, we hear Dayz going into Dancehall/R&B mode by reaching out to the ladies over a groovy SOS Dynamikz Production. On “Selah“, Dayz brings it back to Hip Hop and goes in on his rise in the Rap game and warns his peers that he’s taking over everything over SOS Dynamikz’s dark Production. It looks like Dayz needed the vacation as he also makes us aware of his “Greenz Yaadi (Reinvented)” Project. No word on the release date but check out the tracks below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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