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OLDIES SUNDAY: Tappa Zukie – Freedom (1976)


Break the chains and kick down the gates, it’s Emancipation Sunday on Oldies Sunday! Parts of the Caribbean recognize August 1 (and August 2 on weekdays if the 1st is on a weekend) as Emancipation Day. It’s a day that commemorates the abolition of slavery, but we’re still fighting against many other forms of depression around the world. Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the great Tappa Zukie with his track, “Freedom“.

Produced by Tappa Zukie and released through the KLIK Label in 1976. “Freedom” finds Tappa Zukie calling for the liberation of black people who have been held captive for centuries. He flexes a mix of singing and toasting inna dub style on the track, and he can be heard saying “freedom a wha di natty dread want…” throughout. The song came around the time when black consciousness was at an all time high, and it makes its mark an important song of the times, with messages that are still relevant today. “Freedom” was included on Zukie’s 1976 album, “MPLA“. As we recognize an important day, may we still fight to break the new chains of oppression.

Thank You Tappa Zukie!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Home T, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks – Pirates’ Anthem (1988)


This one is dedicated to those who strive to get the music out there by any means, legally or illegally. Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks titled, “Pirates’ Anthem“.

Produced by Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, “Pirates’ Anthem” was released through Music Works Records and Anchor Records in 1988. On the track, Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks team up for a dedication to all those who build pirated Radio Stations to play the songs that need to be played. While Radio Stations around the world have a set list of songs for airplay, Pirated stations bypass that by having the freedom to play any song in all its glory without worry about editing, and certain regulations. The only problems Pirate Radio may face are getting shut down, and possible incrimination. Regardless, they all return to play what the people want to hear. Pirate Radio has gained massive popularity through the decades, and new ones are being made often. Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks display great chemistry on the track, and “Pirates’ Anthem” became a hit for them. The single was featured on the 1989 album, “Holding On“, which was released through Greensleeves Records. “Pirates’ Anthem” was given the sample treatment a few times, and some include Hannibal Lecter’sJust Because We Play“, 2Pac’sViolent“, and Shenseea’sRun Run” which was produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Cornel Campbell – You’re No Good (1973)


June may be a Wedding month for many couples, but sometimes many relationships don’t get to make it to the Altar. For today’s Oldies Sunday selection, we go back in time to check out Cornel Campbell’s track, “You’re No Good“.

Produced by Bunny “Striker” Lee for his Lee’s Label and released in 1973, Cornel Campbell uses his signature falsetto to deliver a song that speaks about heartbreak, abandonment, and lost love. Cornel calls out the person who hurt him, and let him to suffer, and he looks back at the times he was warned that she was not. good person. The hurt can be felt by the listener, people instantly connected with the song, and related to the lyrics. The song was a great addition to Campbell’s catalogue, as he recorded many hits with Bunny Lee in the 1970s. He went on to record many singles and released albums well into 2021 in the form of the reissue of his 1978 album, “Sweet Baby“. Congrats to those who got a chance to take the big step this Wedding season, much love to those who have gone through splits.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Shades – She’s Gonna Marry Me (1969)


The month of June is a popular month for Weddings around the world, so why give you all something to add to the playlist? For Oldies Sunday, we go back in time to check out a track by a singing trio named Shades called, “She’s Gonna Marry Me“!

Produced by Winston Riley, Shades’ “She’s Gonna Marry Me” was released through Riley’s Techniques label in 1969. On the track, lyrics about looking forward to marriage are shared, and what the experience will be like when it comes to marrying the love of your life. Shades was a short-lived group composed of former The Techniques Vocalist Bruce Ruffin, former The Paragons member Tyrone Evans, and a 3rd singer who remained anonymous. Given that Bruce Ruffin was a member of The Techniques, some outlets printed copies of Shades’ single with credit given to The Techniques. Nonetheless, “She’s Gonna Marry Me” was a hit for Shades, and was even covered by Reggae singer Junior Delgado in 1979. Since the release of “She’s Gonna Marry Me”, Bruce Ruffin went on to work with numerous Artists and Producers, and even took on a career in Law after the disbandment of Shades, while Tyrone Evans emigrated to the United States, and continued to work with numerous Artists and Producers, and even re-joined The Paragons before passing away in 2000.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Anthony Malvo & Tiger – Come Back To Me (1989)


It’s a new month, and it’s a month that’s popular with Weddings so expect love songs! For today’s Oldies Sunday selection, we go back in time to check out Anthony Malvo and Tiger’s (Happy Birthday to the boss!) single, “Come Back To Me“.

Produced by Winston Riley on the Legal Rights Riddim and released through the Techniques label in 1989, “Come Back To Me” is a Dancehall remix of US R&B group The Deele’s (which included Babyface and L.A. Reid) classic, “Two Ocassions“. Anthony Malvo sings away a cut of the original track while Tiger gives us his signature deejaying as it’s all about love here. A music video was released for “Come Back To Me”, and it featured Dancehall personality Pinky, and her sister who would become a future Dancehall Queen named Carlene. This one is for the couples out there, we hope you’re keeping the love alive during the pandemic. Play this one at a high volume!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Jessie Ripoll Children’s Choir – Hands Across Jamaica (1995)


Happy Sunday, and it’s a new month! May is recognized as Child’s Month, and on Oldies Sunday we celebrate the youth. For today’s selection, we go back a couple decades for a song that has touched many, and was presented by the youth. Today we look back at the Jessie Ripoll Children’s Choir’sLet’s Join Hands Across Jamaica For Righteousness“.

Released in 1995 as through the “Hands Across Jamaica For RighteousnessOrganization which was founded by Motivational Speaker, Yvonne Coke, “Hands Across Jamaica” was the theme song for the Organization which sought to achieve “Motto, Anthem and Pledge (MAP) until every Jamaican is made fully conscious of the potential of their godly inheritance of beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and move to fulfill Jamaica’s mandate to advance the welfare of the whole human race.” The song was performed by members of the Jessie Ripoll School’s Children’s Choir, and was a staple in the media for years. The song was also given a music video treatment which was produced by the Creative Production & Training Centre (CPTC). This selection may bring back a lot of memories for some, including former members of the Children’s Choir. Let the kids inspire you to do some good today.

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