We wanted to drop this yesterday on “Oldies Sunday“, but didn’t get to. While today many Americans recognize “Columbus Day“, many folks have done their revision on World History over the years, and have since challenged the higher ups to discredit the “Discoveries” of Christopher Columbus and recognize the day as “Indigenous Peoples Day“. While the European Explorer made his travels with the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria, he couldn’t have discovered land that was already occupied. Calling him out on the claims is Reggae Icon Burning Spear with “Columbus“!
Released in 1980, and featured on his Album “Hail H.I.M.“, Spear calls out Columbus as a “Damn blasted liar” and sets the record straight on what the Explorer really did. He didn’t discover Jamaica or all the lands he has claimed to discover! What happened to the Arawak people? What happened to the black people that were already here? Why are they still celebrating this man? There have been protests for years, and there will be more until the day is more recognized for Indigenous People (big up the 55 cities in the US that have made the change). Stay woke! Have a listen to the tune below.
What a Bam Bam! With one of the most sampled Dancehall singles to date, Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” continues to make more noise all over the world! Adding to the list of Artists who have blessed the sample is US Recording Artist, Tamar Braxton! With her new Album, “Blue Bird Of Happiness“, she recently announced that it will be her final Album as she’ll be focusing on her family. “Bam Bam” received the sample treatment on the track, “Run Run” which was produced by Troy Taylor and Bridgetown, and appears as track 3 on the Album. “Bam Bam” was released in 1982, produced by Winston Riley, and has been sampled/featured on tracks by the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Guerilla Black, Lauryn Hill, Kat DeLuna. The single was even featured in a Reebok Commercial.
Dancehall/Reggae Producer Don Corleonie is also featured on Tamar’s Album. He is credited as a Writer on the final track, “Empty Boxes“. Check out “Run Run” below, “Blue Bird Of Happiness” is available here.
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“)
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.