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Reggae Golden Jubilee – 50th Anniversary – Origins of Jamaican Music

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‘REGGAE GOLDEN JUBILEE: ORIGINS OF JAMAICAN MUSIC, 50TH ANNIVERSARY’ Edward Seaga, who was Jamaica’s prime minister from 1980 to ’89, had a previous career in the 1950s as a producer and record-company owner. Now he is an executive producer and compiler of “Reggae Golden Jubilee,” an extensively annotated 100-song collection that does a thorough job of tracing Jamaican music from the late 1950s into the 2000s. (The golden jubilee refers to 50 years of Jamaican independence.) The music’s history follows a well-known trajectory, from absorption to innovation, as Jamaican musicians first soaked up and imitated the music of their neighbors — American soul and R&B, Caribbean calypso — and then, remarkably, alchemized them into rhythms and ideas that would transform pop worldwide, from the all-conquering reggae beat to the foundations of hip-hop in Jamaican style toasting over a disc jockey’s track. “Reggae Golden Jubilee” includes major figures like Bob Marley (though not his best songs) and Jimmy Cliff, and it comes as close to the present as Sean Paul, Damian Marley and Mavado. But even better is its conscientiousness about gathering songs that represent turning points — like the Folkes Brothers’ “Oh Carolina,” which incorporates Rastafarian drumming; Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop,” which carried the ska beat far beyond Jamaica; and Wayne Smith’s “Under Me Sleng Teng,” which ushered in modern reggae’s electronic era. As the rhythms and productions constantly modernize and spoken words start to displace sung ones, the compilation steers clear of Jamaica’s rudest hits, but through the decades certain themes endure: romance, faith, the struggles of the poor and cultural pride. (VP, four CDs, $59.98) – JON PARELES (NY TImes)

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I-Octane – L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.

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I-Octane’s DEBUT ALBUM “Crying To The Nation” hits stores February 14th, 2012! L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. is one of the singles off the highly anticipated full length album! Here’s the full tracklisting for I-Octane’s debut:

1. Rules Of Life
2. Help I Please
3. Vanity Will Come
4. Nuh Love Inna Dem
5. Puff It
6. No More Violence
7. System A Beat Dem
8. Zion Awaits
9. L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.
10. Missing You ft. Agent Sasco
11. Once More
12. The Master’s Plan
13. Lose A Friend
14. All We Need Is Love ft. Tarrus Riley
15. Space For All Of Us ft. Alborosie
16. Crying To The Nation

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Fay-Ann Lyons – Don't Tempt Me [Official Album Audio]

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Fay-Ann Lyons ‘Don’t Tempt Me’ is featured on Soca Arena!

The energy & spirit of Carnival should never die! Continue the celebration with this years hits! Soca Arena presents the best and latest offerings from some of Soca’s hottest producers and artists.

By popular demand, VP Records celebrates the 2015 Carnival season with Soca Arena, a collection of new full length jump up winners with an extended mega mix to complete the set.

Feature tracks include “Cheers” Bunji Garlin, Sugar Wine by Shurwayne Winchester and Christopher Martin and Fay-Ann Lyons’ “Don’t Tempt Me.”

Download “Soca Arena” now: http://smarturl.it/SocaArena

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Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie (Ragga '12)

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