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Island Life

Artist Song
First Light  Reggae Meltdown  
Sugar Minott  Chant a Psalm 
Judy Mowatt  Sister's Chant 
Black Uhuru  Iron Storm 
Bob Marley & The Wailers  Concrete Jungle 
Lucky Dube  Victims 
Dennis Bovell  Mint ah Music 
Peter Tosh  Johnny B. Goode 
Vinx  Tell My Feet 
Sister Carol  Murdee & Stylee 
Black Uhuru  Tip of the Iceberg 
Dr. Alimentado  Born For A Purpose 
Big Mountain  All Kinds of People 
Augustus Pablo  East of the River Nile 
Zap Mama  New World 
Burning Spear  Estimated Prophet 
Horace Andy  In The Light 


Years ago I traveled to Jamaica with a girlfriend and another couple, and we had our heads blown away by the music. It was just after Bob Marley returned to the country after his self-exile, and the island was charged with life. Marley, of course, was the master of reggae music and totally committed to the rhythm and spirituality inherent in its unique sound.
All over the island, people were sitting around in dreadlocks and bright shirts with spliffs in their hands. Reggae music was playing everywhere. We saw The Mighty Diamonds and Burning Spear (along with a bunch of bands that no one ever heard of), and I got the chance to meet Dr. Alimentado, a wild rastafarian dude if ever there was one.
This mix is a reminder for me of what island life was like back in the day, and what reggae music was like before it became influenced by rap, which is rather unfortunate in my opinion. Reggae is such a peaceful and loving form of music that it seems wrong to see it tarnished with homophobia, misogyny and praise of guns.
Of course, the quiz: For the copy of the mix, name the musician that appeared in a movie about the life of famed reggae producer/singer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
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Date: 5/25/2008
Not a big Marley fan, but I love that one as well as everything else here.
Date: 5/26/2008
Those were the days, "mon"!
Rob Conroy
Date: 5/26/2008
I'm with doowad, to a degree, on Marley (I think he's great, but I think he suffers from being the only reggae singer tons of folks explore/embrace), but love that particular track, and it's really great to see the sublime-but-underrated Horace Andy make a showing here among other greats (Pablo and Burning Spear, in particular).
Date: 5/26/2008
I love everything on this.
Mark Petruccelli
Date: 5/26/2008
Love the vibe on this. Black Uhuru, Marley, Tosh, Zap Mama and Burning Spear are favorites.
Date: 2/10/2009
I LOVE all these tracks