Today (October 3), Recording Artist/Herb Connoisseur Blvk H3ro celebrates his birthday. An artist who has steadily worked his way up the ranks in the new generation of creatives, many are just getting familiar with his works. He has a lot more to conquer, so get onboard and witness his journey to the top. To help celebrate his birthday, we invite you to check out some of his many features/collaborations in the “Call Blvk H3ro” Playlist! If you’re not up to speed on him yet, check out some of our posts on him here. Respect to Jeana Lindo for the photo featured on our cover. Check out some of her work here. Check out the Playlist below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Jamaica’s newest generation of creatives continue to make a mark on the music scene. Whether they’re breaking barriers or making historical moves, the world is tuned in and ready to give its support. Two of those creatives making big moves are Blvk H3ro, and Leno Banton as they’ve joined the legendary UK Reggae band UB40 on their 21st studio album, “Bigga Baggariddim“.
While reports of the collaborations came about from as early as 2018, UB40 gave fans a taste of what’s to come through their recent “UBZoomy” livestreams. UB40, whose hits include “Kingston Town“, “Red Red Wine“, and “Can’t Help Falling In Love“, have previously collaborated with Jamaican acts like Lady Saw, Maxi Priest, Dillinger, Kabaka Pyramid, and Inner Circle in addition to covering many more. This marks Leno Banton’s first collaboration with the band, and the second for Blvk H3ro as he previously appeared on the Dub version of their “For The Many” album in 2019. Banton, who recently released “Brown Sugar” and appeared on Wavy Jones’ “Sine Energy” EP, is gearing up to release more singles for the rest of 2020, and is working on a full length project. Blvk H3ro on the other hand, has been staying very busy throughout the year as he released various singles, collaborated with the likes of Wavy Jones, Wayne J, Skillibeng, King Izem, and Di Ruption, and is working on a follow up to his 2019 debut album, “The Immortal Steppa“.
August is an important month for Jamaica as its Independence and emancipation are celebrated in it. With the month coming to a close, today’s Oldies Sunday selection shows love to its capital, Kingston. Today, we kick things off with Lord Creator’s “Kingston Town“.
Produced by Clancy Eccles, it was recorded in 1969, and released in 1970 by Clancy’s Records/Clan Disc Records. The song was a remake of Lord Creator’s 1963 Ska single, “Babylon” which was produced by Vincent “Randy” Chin (founder of VP Records), but was given a few changes. “Kingston Town” speaks about a place that Creator longs to visit. A place where he could call home with his Queen, and experience many wonders. In the original song, it referred to “Babylon”, but after Creator’s visit to Jamaica, it inspired him to re-record the song and replace “Babylon” with “Kingston Town”. Jamaica was such a wonder for Lord Creator who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, that he made it his home for decades, eventually finding his Queen, and fathering 10 children in the process (he is the father of 15). The song didn’t catch on right away when it was released, but once it found its way overseas, it became very popular.
“Kingston Town” became one of Lord Creator’s biggest hits over the years, so much so that it was covered by legendary UK Reggae/Ska band, UB40 in 1989. Their version went on to be a top 10 hit, and was certified a multiplatinum selling single. Despite being a hit, it caused controversy over the years, shortly after UB40’s success, there was a fight over ownership between Lord Creator and Clancy Eccles. It was somewhat resolved some time after. Another controversy came in 2007 when the song’s copyright holders Sparta Florida Music Group took Celebrity/Recording Artist Paris Hilton and Warner Chappell Music to court for plagiarism as Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” single allegedly shared similarities to “Kingston Town”. It was believed to have been settled out of court in 2009.
With the staging of the 60th Grammy Awards drawing near, we thought we’d look back at some of years where the Reggae Grammy was won. While many know of the winners, we also want to look back at some of the nominees. Today we’ll look at the year 1989.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
Reggae Artist Jimmy Cliff received his 2nd Grammy nomination in his career with the 1987 Album, “Hanging Fire”. The Album featured 8 tracks, and included the singles “Reggae Down Babylon”, “Soar Like An Eagle”, and the title track, “Hanging Fire”.
Toots Hibbert had a great run when paired up with The Maytals, but when he brought his Reggae sound to Memphis, Tennessee for an Album, it was considered one of his best works and earned him a Grammy nomination. The 1988 Album featured Toots taking on ’60s classics like “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”, “It’s A Shame”, “Love And Happiness” and more.
With the news of the passing of Reggae Icon John Holt, 13th Street Promotions today honours his life and work by showcasing one of his final concert performances. Joined by Lloyd Parkes and We The People band and introduced by Sophia Brown, viewers will be treated to over an hour of John Holt reeling through his many hits at the 2013 staging of Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. With a career spanning over 50 years, John Holt started out a member of group, “The Paragons” before finding great acclaim as a solo artist. With over 40 albums to his name, Holt paved the way for many Reggae artists and was a top act at many concerts. He has been sampled by Kanye West (Jay-Z’s “Encore”), Supa Dups (Collie Buddz’s “Blind To You”), Lily Allen (Friend Of Mine) and covered by the likes of Blondie, UB40, U-Roy and many more. As said recently by Reggae Singer Bob Andy, “He lived a full life!“. Walk good John Holt! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.