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OLDIES SUNDAY: Danielle D.I. X @CherineAnderson – Rebel (2013)


With Women’s History Month 2022 coming to a close on Oldies Sunday, we thought why not go out with a bang for the ladies! Today, we go not too far back in time, but we highlight a hit from two wonderful Women in Jamaican Music. Today’s selection comes from Danielle D.I. and Cherine Anderson with the single, “Rebel“.

Produced by Sly & Robbie, Danielle D.I. and Cherine Anderson’s “Rebel” was released in 2013. The track features the Women expressing themselves to the fullest as the Rebel’s they are. Whether they’re good girls, ladies, bad gyals, Independent, confident, sexy, passionate, and ambitious, they are Jamaican Women, and you will respect them. “Rebel” was a big hit for Danielle D.I. and Cherine Anderson as it became an anthem at the time, and it was featured on Danielle’s “Sly & Robbie Present: Danielle D.I. – The Rebel” album, and on the VP RecordsStrictly The Best Vol. 47” compilation. “Rebel” connected with Women of all ages, and it remains as one of Danielle D.I.’s biggest singles.

thank you Danielle D.i. & Cherine Anderson!

salute to the women!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @CeliaCruz – Bemba Colora (1966)


This March on Oldies Sunday, we recognize it as Women’s History Month. We salute the many Women who have taken big steps, and left amazing legacies. Today, we head over to Cuba to salute the “Queen Of Salsa” or “La Reina De La Salsa“, and “La Guarachera De Cuba“, Celia Cruz! We look back at her single, “Bemba Colora“.

Originally composed by Jose Claro Fumero, “Bemba Colora” was released in 1966 through Tico Records. The song possessed a strong anti-racist message, a bit of storytelling, and celebrated a proud African heritage as “Bemba Colora” meant “big red lips/red mouth“, which is a distinct feature of many Black people. The song features a heavy dose of percussion and horns, and will have anyone breaking out in dance. “Bemba Colora” was a hit for Celia Cruz, later on becoming one of her signature songs. “Bemba Colora” was featured on Cruz’s 1966 album, “Son con Guaguancó“.

Celia Cruz would become one of the faces of the then growing Latin Music movement overseas, mastering many forms of Afro-Cuban music styles over time. Celia Cruz has inspired generations of Latin Artists, and her presence is still felt to this day. She is still celebrated around the world, with special tributes being presented yearly. “Celia Cruz Day” is celebrated in San Francisco, California on October 25, and she has a few Schools and roads named after her in her honour.

thank you celia cruz!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Tanya_Stephens – Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet (1996)


Women’s History Month is being recognized on the Blog this month. How can we not highlight a Woman who is one of the Jamaica’s greatest Artists? In some circles she is hailed as one of Jamaica’s greatest Lyricists, and in other circles she is considered a criminally underrated Artist. For Oldies Sunday, we feature Tanya Stephens and her single, “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet“.

Produced by Dave Kelly on the “Joy Ride Riddim“, and released through the Mad House Label in 1996, Tanya Stephens takes the mic to call out all the Men who have been selfish towards their Women, who have not been treating them right, and who been pushing a claim that they are the ideal Men. Tanya steps out with a few lines to let them know that their egos can be deflated instantly when the Woman gives him a dose of his own Medicine. If you’re not mature enough to take care of a Woman, leave her alone is Tanya’s message here. “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet” was the breakout single for Tanya Stephens, as it became prominent on music charts, and had every Woman from young to old singing her song line for line. The single was also featured on Tanya’s sophomore album, “Too Hype

Since the release of “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet”, Tanya Stephens became a dominant force, and was highly respected as a Lyricist for a number of years. She went on to release more blazing singles and solid bodies of work, and has extended her pen game to other Artists, giving them hits as well. She deserves her Flowers and accolades, and she has inspired many Women around the world.

thank you tanya stephens!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Lady Ann – Informer (1981)


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’s selection comes from foundation Dancehall Artist Lady Ann a.k.a. the 1st Lady of Dancehall with the track, “Informer“.

Produced by Joe Gibbs and released through the Crazy Joe Label in 1981, Lady Ann calls out the many informants in her community as she is developing a relationship with her lover. She shares that while she gets closer to her man, there are those who are jealous of her relationship, and seek to let her father know of her dealings so that he can put a stop to it. Lady Ann’s “Informer” became a hit in no time, propelling her to become the first female Dancehall Artist to score a number one single. “Informer” was featured on Lady Ann’s sophomore album of the same name, and she became the first female Dancehall Artist to score a #1 single and album. The success from “Informer” gave Lady Ann an opportunity to tour throughout the US and Canada, in 1983 when she was the first female Deejay to earn the award for “DJ Of The Year“. “Informer” is nowadays recognized as Lady Ann’s biggest hit. There have been many female Dancehall Artists who have done historic things in their careers, but Lady Ann is a member of the first female Deejays to pave the way.

Respect To Lady Ann, Thanks For The Classic!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Judy Mowatt – Black Woman (1977)


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 we close off the month, and our selection comes from a Woman who has made great strides, the legendary Judy Mowatt with “Black Woman“!

Produced by Judy Mowatt and Geoffrey Chung and released through Ashandan Records in 1977, this is one of Mowatt’s most important songs as she promotes, loves, and pays tribute to the Black Woman, and her pride and immense strength. The Black Woman has experienced and endured so much, and Judy’s song has gone on to be more than a tribute, but a song that has lived through generations, and inspired many. “Black Woman” is featured on Mowatt’s 1979 album of the same name, which is another important feat for her as she was recognized as the first Jamaican female recording artist who took on the role of producing the album in its entirety. Since the release of “Black Woman”, Judy Mowatt has gone on to become a legendary artist with various releases, and also became the first female artist to be nominated for a Reggae Grammy in 1985. As we close off the month, may we continue to celebrate the Women, and most importantly, protect them.

Thank You Judy Mowatt!

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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.

THANK YOU MARGARITA!

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