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OLDIES SUNDAY: Snow Ball Brown – Chiquitita (1994)


As we close the month of July, we had to throw in a classic. Today our Oldies Sunday selection comes from Recording Artist Clive Brown a.k.a. “Snow Ball Brown“. What is considered one of the greatest Festival Song Contest entries, we present to you “Chiquitita“! Produced by Sherman Clachar, this was released through Arabic Records in 1994, and became an entry in the 1994 Festival Song Contest. Though not a winning entry, it quickly became a hit outside of the contest. It music video was one to look forward to in the evenings on JBC TV before the News. With the infectious chorus, you couldn’t help but imitate Snow Ball’s delivery of “Oooh Chiquititaaaa…“. Not much was heard of Snow Ball Brown since his hit (except that he entered a few more times with no success, and fell on hard times), but “Chiquitita” continues to pop up during Jamaica’s Emancipation/Independence Day celebrations.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Locksley Gichie & The Zion Boys – Teach The Children (1974)


In recognition of May being Child’s Month, our Oldies Sunday selection comes from Locksley Gichie of the UK band The Cimarons along with The Zion Boys. Titled “Teach The Children“, this was produced by Kush and released through Harry J Records in 1974. The song calls for listeners to raise children in the right ways, know GOD, teach them how to be creative and make their world a better place, and help them to spread peace and love into the world.

The single was released on vinyl as a B-side with the main track being “I’m Leaving It Up To You” by Winston Reid & The Zion Boys. Since then, Locksley continued his role as Guitarist for The Cimarons over the years. Gichie has also lent his skills to various Artists including Los Aggrotones.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Ras Shorty I & The Love Circle – Watch Out My Children (1988)


On today’s Oldies Sunday, our selection was made in recognition of the month of May being “Child’s Month“. Heading over to Trinidad & Tobago, we pick a song from the late Garfield Blackman a.k.a. Lord Shorty a.k.a. Ras Shorty I a.k.a. “The Father of Soca” along with The Love Circle Band. Titled “Watch Out My Children“, this was released in 1988 as a part of a live album of the same name, and in 1997. It was later featured as a part of the album “Jamoo Victory“. In the song, Ras Shorty I warns the youth to be alert as to not get caught up in the wrongs of the world, the dangers of drug abuse and it bringing shame and disgrace. A unique part of the song was that some lines were translated into various languages including German and French. The song has been translated in a total of 10 languages. The song, given its message, was later featured as a part of a Drug Abuse Campaign conducted by the United Nations. It was also covered by Jamaican Band, Chalice.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Karen Smith – Wide Awake In A Dream (1986)


This Oldies Sunday selection is for the lovers, and it comes from the “Songbird from Jamaica“, Karen Smith! Today we go back to the year 1986 with “Wide Awake In A Dream“. Produced by Clifton “Jackie” Jackson, this was a cover of a single that has been sung by the likes of Barry Biggs, The Blues Busters, Jerry Jackson, Lyn Collins, Vickie Anderson, and Ken Boothe. Once she stepped into recording mode, Smith added her own flair to the track as she expresses how she feels about the love of her life. A video was also shot for this single, and it was directed by Alfonso Walker (I remember seeing this video a lot growing up on local TV).

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Black Superheroes: We Look Back At Burning Spear’s “Great Men”


It’s February 1st, which means we’ve made it to another Black History Month. It is also the start of Reggae Month in Jamaica, and various parts of the world. While we look back at those who fought for the freedom of Black People, and celebrate those who continue the fight, we also look back at those who changed the game with their sound. Today we go back to 1990 with Reggae Icon Burning Spear and his tribute to the Black Superheroes, “Great Men (a.k.a. “Recall Some Great Men)“. Produced by Burning Spear and Nelson Miller, this was released through Mango Records, and featured on Spear’s 1990 Grammy nominated Album “Mek We Dweet“. In the song, Burning Spear roll calls some of the heroes who have contributed to the freedom of Black People worldwide. He starts off with the chorus, “Let’s recall some great men, who been fighting for our rights…“, and mentions the likes of Paul Bogle, Nelson Mandela, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.

As we celebrate the month and those before us, let us also recognize those who are making strides and steadily making an impact in the world. Thanks for checking out the Blog, be sure to share with a friend, and follow us on Instagram! Hear the song below.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @PopcaanMusic – New Year (2009)


It’s December 31, a.k.a. New Year’s Eve a.k.a. the last Oldies Sunday for 2017! While many are looking forward to partying (or praying) into 2018, we’d like to present our last entry for the year. Our Oldies Sunday selection comes from the “Unruly BossPopcaan, but back when he was known as the “Prefect“. Titled “New Year“, this was produced by Notnice Records and featured on the “2010 Riddim” in 2009. In the track, Popcaan speaks on what he wants to experience in the new year including achieving great success in career, being able to better himself and others, avoiding imprisonment, and doing better than ever. His aim is to see the days of being hungry gone forever, while his plans include a new House, Car, and land “fi di New Year“.

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