O’neil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man, has enjoyed much success in his 20+ years as a Dancehall Artist. Having a great track record, he was exalted to god levels hence his title as the “Energy God“. Today we look at another title that I’m sure many would bestow upon him, and that is the “King of the Refix“! With his unique ability to remix a hit song from any genre, Ele gave us that feel good music and an abundance of dance tunes. In our biggest Blog Post yet, see why Ele may just be the “Refix King” below!
(Elephant Man tracks and originals are linked to Apple Music in the titles.)
1. Father Elephant (Remix of the Children Gospel song, “Father Abraham“)
2. Sesame Street (Remix of the Theme Song for the “Sesame Street” TV Series)
3. Bun Bad Mind (Remix of Marvia Providence’s “Hear My Cry Oh Lord“)
4. It Sweet Me (Remix of The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow“)
5. War On (Remix of Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On“)
Chantice Gervais is a UK based Youtuber who represents for the Caribbean, and those living the “Natural Hair Life“. One thing she highlights a lot more, is her love of Dance. Recently she teamed up with her friends Dancers Tina Omotosho and Jackie Kibukz, and Choreographer/Videographer Bismark Anobah for a dose of “Positive Vibrations“. Donned in African inspired garb, they performed to the tunes of Chronixx’s “Majesty” (Get it here), and the Sister Nancy classic, “Bam Bam” (Get it here). Showing off various styles, the video should inspire you to get on your feet, and learn a move or few. A nice clip for all to see, with songs that will sure to call for a gun finger salute. You can find Chantice at Youtube.com/Channice123. Check out the video below!
It’s back to School time again, and US Retail giant JC Penney is here for it with all the sales. Recently, they released a new Commercial highlighting some “Back To School” deals with the “Get Your Penney’s Worth” tagline, and providing the soundtrack was the 1994 classic, “Here Comes The Hotstepper“! The song, which was performed by Jamaican Recording Artist Ini Kamoze and produced by US Producer Salaam Remi (Remix version) and the late Jamaican Producer “Fatis” Burrell (Original), is considered Ini’s biggest hit to date and his only track to top the US Billboard Top 100 Chart, while performing the same feat in the respective charts in Canada, New Zealand, and Denmark. The song was also a top 10 hit in various countries, and received Gold and Platinum certifications in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and France. The Intro of the single (Hit it! Nah, na na na nah…Here comes the Hotstepper) was performed in the 15 second clip but not by the Artist. Check it out below!
Today, August 29 marks the 59th Birthday of “The King Of Pop“, the late Michael Jackson. A man whose talents influenced generations, Pop culture, Fashion and Music, it’s safe to say he has influenced your favourite Artist in some way. Today we hail MJ on his Bday, and present to you 6 Reggae/Dancehall cover songs. Let this be a refresh, or something new for you as well remember the Pop Icon. R.I.P. Michael, and Happy Birthday!
1. Little Kirk – I’ll Be There (1992)
2. Junior Reid – Mashing Up The Earth (Earth Song) (1997)
On today’s Oldies Sunday, we look back at a single from the “Doctor“, Beenie Man! Recently he celebrated his 44th birthday, and we wanted to show love to one of the living Legends of Dancehall. Today we look at “Maestro“, an Opera inspired single that was produced by Patrick Roberts for Shocking Vibes Production on the “Sore Riddim” and released in 1996. Here Beenie further proclaims being “The Girls Dem Sugar” and shows love to the ladies who command attention, and are the “Wife” type. What really makes this single stand out, is Beenie’s delivery which is similar to an Opera Singer’s. “Maestro” was the first track featured on Beenie Man’s 1996 Album of the same name.
Black Kat Sound, Tony Matterhorn, Killamanjaro, King Jammys, Wha Dat Sound, Stone Love, Mighty Crown, Fire Links, Bass Odyssey, what do they have in common? They are some of the Selectors (DJs) and Sound Systems that have greatly contributed to the Sound Clash Culture in Jamaica over many decades. The Sound Clash Culture was also one of the influences for the Hip Hop Culture. Today, Genius released a short video highlighting the history of the Sound Clash Culture ahead of the Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend. Learn something below!