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Reggae Jamaica's 50th

Forward March... From August 1962 to August 2012 and join the celebrations - Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. You can join the original celebrations with Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff and chums as the colonial shackles are cast aside. But you gotta run and hide from the Rude Boys as armed gangs of ‘Dance Crashers’ in the employ of Soundsystem men and politicians ‘dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail... ah Shanty Town’ and cause ‘Trouble in the Town’. http://sharemyplaylists.com/ska-rude-boy-45s

Listen to the people’s backlash against Rudies as Judge 400 Years (Prince Buster) & Count Lasher come up with a politically conservative solution. Surely ‘Better Must Come’, tempers are cooled and Jamaica enjoys its Mowtown era with the likes of Delroy Wilson jamming the dancefloors during the Rocksteady years. http://sharemyplaylists.com/rocksteady-collectors-edition

The visit of His Highness Haile Selassie to Jamaica in ’66 moved both politics and music radically. Hear the rise of Bob Marley & Rastafarism as the disillusionment of crooked politics and crippling IMF loans take hold and Rastas focused themselves on Africa. Marley appeals for Jamaican’s to ‘Get Up, Stand up’...they got up, stood up and left.

Over 300,000 Jamaicans emigrated in the ‘70s, their experience beautifully vocalised by Eric Donaldson’s version of ‘Common People’. They left not for Ethiopia, but for the UK, US and Canada. They took with them the sounds of Marley and made him a Rock God in the UK. The race was on for the corporate record industry to find the next Marley, ‘Natty Dread Taking Over’ the Jamaican record industry. http://sharemyplaylists.com/rootsrockreggae

Back home the Rasta movement’s influence was instrumental in returning the People’s National Party to power in a bloody campaign which saw ‘Police & Thieves’ in the street and despite the PNP’s radical Socialist reform the IMF stranglehold and Columbia’s drug guns kept ‘Children Crying’ in the wilderness. It was time for the ‘Righteous Rasta Man’ to “no deal in politics”.

Jamaican music developed a new style after the violent 1980 election. Jamaica had been independent for 18 years - a watershed. A landslide victory for the conservative JLP re-established trade links with the US. This opened up new ‘trade routes’ for Columbian coke too, the Yardies were moving stateside.

A new sound emerged in an attempt to ‘crack’ the US market (something even Marley had failed to do). Jamaican DJ’s and Soundsystem operators simultaneously invented both karaoke and rap music by ‘toasting’ rhyming lyrics over voiceless established riddims or dubplate versions. ‘Living In Jamaica’ meant establishing a new voice- Dancehall Dj’s were ready to replace the established reggae groups - ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.

The growing audience in the US & UK were still desperate for the genuine sounds of Jamaica. Digital recording technology and the growing gangsta rap movement shaped reggae into modern Dancehall. Jamaican’s had to ‘Pay Down Pon It’. Corporate record labels had short term success turning dancehall into pop with ‘Oh Carolina’, Shabba & Chaka Demus but gangsta was ‘Bossman’ and the island’s music continues to be an ethnic branch of the US gangsta rap movement. New Roots rastamen continue to produce conscious sounds but find ‘Youth Dem Cold’ to the teachings of Selassie. Is reggae on ‘Death Row’ ?

Derrick Morgan – Forward March

Count Lasher – Jump Independently - Original

Lord Creator – King & Queen

Jimmy Cliff – King Of Kings - 2nd Version

Desmond Dekker & The Aces – 0.0.7 (Shanty Town)

Dandy Livingstone – Trouble In The Town

Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough

Prince Buster – Judge Dread

Count Lasher – Hooligans - Original

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come

Delroy Wilson – Once Upon a Time

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Selassie Is The Chapel - 1968 version

The Abyssinians – Satta - Amassa - Gana

The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up

Eric Donaldson – Love of the Common People

Culture – Natty Dread Taking Over

Horace Andy – Money the Root of All Evil

Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves

The Congos – Children Crying

Cornell Campbell – Righteous Rasta Man

Jah Thomas – Living In Jamaica - Original

Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Another One Bites The Dust

Yellowman – Wreck A Pum Pum

Shabba Ranks – Pay Down Pon It

Buju Banton – Murderer

Bounty Killer – Man Ah Suffer

Shaggy – Oh Carolina

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote

Sizzla – Murderer

Beenie Man – Bossman (Feat. Lady Saw & Sean Paul)

Richie Spice – Youth Dem Cold

WASP – Unfair Officer

Busy Signal – Wicked Man

Vybz Kartel – Death Row

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