Category Archives: Reggae

I immediately recognized the first track because Pretty Lights samples it in ‘Finally Moving‘.  With the help of Youtube, then Pandora, then Wikipedia I am now really into Nightmares On Wax.  Since I just gave away all my sources on the subject im just gonna throw in a quote here:

“A crucial bridge between the competing influences of New York house and electro, Detroit techno and soul, London rave and acid, and the burgeoning eclecticism of the years to come.”

[That is straight off Pandora]

I think my favorite part about posting this is that I checked seven different boxes for the category, my favorite Album is ‘Space Outta Sound’ check it out here.

Nightmares On Wax – You Wish

Nightmares On Wax – Me!

Nightmares On Wax – Pipes Honour

Nightmares On Wax – Da Feelin

Nightmares On Wax – Be There

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This topic should be revisited.

The reason for the title of the post is that Jimmy Cliff has showed up on this blog a couple times already but unless you have been closely reading from 2009 you probably did not notice.  For readers who have not been adequately acquianted with the Reggae genre Jimmy Cliff is most definitely musicyoushouldhear.  The one thing that stands out to me more than anything else is the pure joy that can be heard and felt in his music.  With so much soul pumping out of every note Jimmy Cliff is able to address controversial topics like war and oppression without alienating listeners and furthermore able to reach listeners on an emotional level.  Born James Chambers, Cliff’s adopted musical name represents a high peak in his hometown which early on represented the  highest place on earth.  He wrote music from a young age and left home early to live in Kingston and make his voice heard, after years of struggle he made a splash in England and began a remarkable career.  Successful in both music and movies Jimmy Cliff has stayed true to his people and his cause of equality and free will for everyone.   Check out these track and the messages behind them,  feel the love.

Jimmy Cliff – Vietnam

Jimmy Cliff – Sufferin’ in the Land

Jimmy Cliff – If I Follow My Mind

Jimmy Cliff – Hard Road To Travel

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World spotlight on Africa

Featured on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soundtrack.  Album has got a few solid tracks.

SKAREGGAEDYLAN

The Slackers are a ska band from the 90’s.  I want to say I liked ska in the 90’s but to be completely honest I wasn’t that cool yet, more a fan of Puffy and Will Smith back then (when I was in elementary school).  Anyway, take off your shoes, throw this on your ipod and jam to it while you longboard to 711 to get a 40, we like to call it paradise, but whatever works really.

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