Audio: Don Minott – Marcus Garvey

Minott and the High Voltage Reggae Band has a similarity to Bob Marley and the Wailers Reggae band with lyrical words of compassion for common people. Don Minott’s inspiration came from Marcus Garvey, who was a pioneer of pride building and community uplifting back in the 1900s, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who also was a student of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Mahatma (Mahandas) Gandhi. These great men and Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy all shared the same non-violent attributes, men who sacrificed their own lives for the sake of justice and human enrichment.

The hidden history of the Black British soundtrack to football

The first reggae track on football was Clement Bushay Set’s Football Reggae in 1972, which included crowd noise, and celebrated both Derby County’s title triumph and the playing styles of various other professional teams. Like many other early songs from this period it was a tale of love between football and its fans in the Caribbean diaspora. However, in the 1970s and 80s, reggae’s music and messages evolved becoming more critical, presenting listeners with assertive black, post-colonial political statements. This can be seen in LP artwork of the more dub-styled internationally-focused Scientist Wins the World Cup in 1982, which shows a cartoon of a fictional all-black team beating England in the World Cup Final.

Gramps Beautifully Blends Reggae & Country On ‘Positive Vibration’

Gramps Morgan is a GRAMMY-winning reggae artist with a love of country music so deep, he dropped everything to move to Nashville, Tennessee nearly a decade ago. His latest album Positive Vibration blends the best of both genres with songs that have a tropical island feel, with the added beauty of country instruments like the steel guitar and dobro. There are 15 tracks with upbeat songs like “Float Ya Boat” featuring Morgan’s good friend Shaggy, love/tribute songs to include “A Woman Like You” and “Paradise” with India Arie, and the emotional, must-hear song honouring those we’ve lost called “People Like You.” Morgan recorded the aptly named Positive Vibration album in the hopes of offering comfort, and perhaps bringing joy and… Continue reading Gramps Beautifully Blends Reggae & Country On ‘Positive Vibration’

Shaggy to present four-part weekly series on BBC Radio 2

In Shaggy’s Reggae Hotshots, the singer will be guiding listeners through 60 years of music from his homeland island of Jamaica and celebrating everything from Ska to Rocksteady, Reggae to Dancehall. Artists featured include Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Marcia Griffiths, Shabba Ranks, Lady G, Queen Ifrica, Gregory Isaacs, Jada Kingdom, Maxi Priest, Peter Tosh, Shenseea, Sean Paul and many more. The show airs each Saturday from 2 October, 9-10pm. Shaggy says: “I’m looking forward to sharing some of the music that has helped shaped me and that I listened to growing up – some of the songs and artists that have represented my home, Jamaica, across the globe – only on BBC Radio 2.”

Prince Alla – Ghetto Hell

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