Ol’ Skool Sunday: Reggae/Dancehall Edition

For many years of my life, Sunday afternoons were peppered with great sounds from the Caribbean thanks to Badjoe, a DJ who has hosted a mix show called Caribbean Shakedown (formerly Caribbean Sunset) on 103Jamz in Norfolk, Viriginia. That mixshow became my first lesson in mixing Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Dub, etc., even before i began DJing. Badjoe’s thoroughly awesome show introduced me to “riddims,” taught me about “one-drops,” and became my first substantial lessons in the political/anti-Babylon aspects of the Rastafarian religion.

This Sunday, i’m listening to some great songs that i remember hearing in my childhood. I hope you enjoy them as much as i do!

Brotha Onaci

Bob Marley – War/No More Trouble Medley

Barrington Levy – Black Roses/Broader Than Broadway Medley

Maybe next time i’ll post Steel Pulse’s “Revolution,” which has the same riddim!!!

Foxy Brown – Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

This was one written and first sung by Tracy Chapman

Gregory Isaacs – Rumours

If this riddim sounds familiar, but you don’t recognize the lyrics, it’s probably because you’ve heard J.C. Lodge’s or Shabba Ranks’ versions of “Telephone Love.”

Cocoa Tea – 18 & Over (Movie Star Riddim)

Recently, dancehall artist Delus did a version for the G-Shock Riddim.

Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (Stalag 17-18-19 Riddim)

CLASSIC material right here. This is one of the first reggae songs that i remember hearing and LOVING. Tenor Saw and Yami Bolo also have great tracks in this riddim.


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