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OLDIES SUNDAY: Margarita – Woman Come (1964)

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today, our selection comes from the late Anita Mahfood a.k.a. MargaritaThe Famous Rhumba Queen” with the track, “Woman Come“.

Produced by Arthur “Duke” Reid and released through the Black Swan label in 1964, “Woman Come” (sometimes labeled “Woman A Come”) was Margarita’s “love letter” to then boyfriend Musician Don Drummond. With Rastafarian influences thanks to backing by The Skatalites, the band that Drummond was a member of and composed songs for. This was Margarita’s first release, and she was one of the first female artists to do so, and sadly her last release. Her lyricism was praised, and was arguably an inspiration for female Dancehall movement in the following decades. The song was a popular one among her growing fanbase, with hopes that she would continue releasing more. Sadly, on December 31, 1965, Margarita’s life was tragically taken at the hands of Drummond (more on that here), but she left a mark that would seal her as a legend in Jamaica. She would be later honoured at the University Of Technology, and at the Jamaica Music Museum.


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OLDIES SUNDAY: Baba Brooks And His Band – Guns Fever (1965)

One of the key elements to a good song is its production. While lyrics can do so much, the rhythm channels them to those who can hear. Today on Oldies Sunday, we want you to move to the rhythm. Going back in time, we check out legendary Trumpet Player Baba Brooks and his Band’sGuns Fever“.

Arranged by Baba Brooks and released through Treasure Isle and Island Records in 1965, this Ska number was purely instrumental sprinkled with bits of scatting and gunshot sound effects. Baba signature Trumpet could be heard throughout the high tempo track that you can’t help but dance to. No words, just vibes. “Guns Fever” went on to become one of Baba’s well known releases, and Baba and his Band went on to work with the likes of The Skatalites, Derrick Morgan, Stranger Cole, Alton Ellis, and many more. The 60s was filled with beautiful instrumentals, and Baba Brooks had a hand in plenty of them.

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Reflect On The Late Prince Buster With His “Prince Of Peace Concert” In Japan!

We’ve recently lost the man who helped to revolutionize Ska and Rocksteady Music, Cecil Bustamante Campbell, more popularly known as Prince Buster. A musical Pioneer, a brilliant Songwriter and Producer, Prince Buster paved the way that many Reggae and Ska Artists worldwide follow to this day. Today we reflect on the Icon by showcasing his “Prince Of Peace Concert” that was held in Japan in 2003, and a 1998 Levi’s Jeans Commercial featuring the single, “Whine and Grine“.

R.I.P. Prince Buster and THANK YOU for the Music!

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Mixtape Movements: @SkaiBrid – Dirty Glass EP

With Jamaica bringing genres like Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, and many others to the world, it’s no surprise when we tackle other genres and today a Band named “SkaiBrid” (Sky-Brid) graces this blog. This 3 member Band consisting of Brendon Wesley, Rajiv Manderson, and Reece Chen, tackle Blues and Rock music (named Blues Rock), and Alternative with their EP, “Dirty Glass“. This 4 track project (5 on the Deluxe version) features a blend of instruments,  far from generic lyrics, and a groove that’ll have you adding this to your “Must repeat” list. For new listeners and those unfamiliar with Blues music, this will be something you’ve never heard before, and something you may just like! Check out the project below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @MajorLazer x @ElliphantMusic x @JoviRockwell – Too Original

Dropping off another video from their “Peace Is The Mission” album are the likes of Major Lazer. Titled “Too Original“, which is directed by Tim Erem and features Jovi Rockwell and Elliphant, we see lots of dancing, food being prepared, drinking and a good time all housed in a small restaurant. Nice mashup of Ska and Dancehall with the Major Lazer sound! Great to see Jovi Rockwell in the video too and of course Walshy Fire’s Clarks! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.


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NEW VIDEO: @Protoje – Answer To Your Name


The single that prepped many for the release of “Ancient Future” finally got the visual treatment. “Answer To Your Name“, which was directed by Charlie Sarsfield and Jordan Bond, shows “Diggy” in the UK pursuing a young lady whom he met previously but has constantly ignored him since his arrival in Brixton. Lots of fashion picks in this video along with the infectious Ska influenced single. Girl, why won’t you answer to your name? “Ancient Future” is now available on iTunes and all major online music retailers. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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