Monday, September 24, 2007

MP3 Podcast: Inglan Is A Bitch - Roots Bands


WWW, September 2007 - Five crucial tracks from 1978-1982, selected by the Jamaica HiFi crew, Showcase Style!

When the maxi-single or 12" became popular, Jamaican Record plants began releasing extended mixes, usually a combination of a vocal track with a dub or DJ counterpart. Later, maxi-singles were released on so-called "Showcase" albums.

This podcast by the Jamaica Hi-Fi crew is a great example of such a showcase. The music, a combination of Jamaican and UK productions from the 1978-1982, comes in a 30 minutes non-stop mix that you will want to play again and again.

The selection is an intelligent report from both Jamaica as well as the UK. We will hear how Jamaican and UK Reggae developed during the period, the similarities and differences will become clear.

In 1978, Jamaican Reggae Music was dominated by Rockers. In 1982, it was Rub a Dub music. The time was "interesting", lots of political violence and conspiracies against the people of Jamaica, Reggae Musicians and Rastafarians in particular.

In the UK, the "Punky Reggae Party" went on big-time as both groups knew themselves to be the target of the very same Babylon Shitstem too. Militancy has always been a strong factor in most UK Roots Reggae until this very day.



1. Za-ion & Half way to Za-ion - The 4th Street Orchestra (1976)
2. Sticks man - Black Slate (1976)
3. Black Star Liner - Reggae Regular (1978 )
4. Smoking My Ganja - Capital Letters (1978 )
5. Drum And Bass Line" - Aswad (1979)



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