Friday, June 11, 2010

Reggaellery!

If you are like me, mostly ignorant of the genre of reggae, then riddim-I yo'self over to Ed Leimbacher's blog, I Witness, for an island full of information and inspirations.

Summertime is perfect for some Jamaica reggae music, and Ed has some terrific suggestions. Who knew such fun, seemingly simple music had a much more deeper and darker geneaology?

Ed's online music store is here.

8 comments:

K. said...

Have you been missing out! Where to start...The soundtrack to The Harder They Come and Bob Marley's Legend are musts. Start there and get back to me!

bill / prairie point said...

By the way did you see where Jenna Bush referred to her mom as a 'secret rastafarian' (The New York Times Book Review 5/23/10). I wonder what she meant?

Cowtown Pattie said...

Maybe she is a closet vegetarian?

LOL

K. said...

Now I can't get the thought of Laura Bush in dreadlocks out my head.

Cowtown Pattie said...

Ugh, mon!

Anonymous said...

I agree with K that "The Harder They Come" is a must. Not a bad film either. A favorite of mine is Toots Hibbert's take on John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
"Toots in Memphis" is a fine album too.
Bob Marley's "Natty Dread" album is well worth a listen.
Peter Tibbles

RGG said...

Five (or six) reggae albums everyone should own:
1) The Harder They Come Soundtrack -- a great introduction to reggae.
2) Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey" -- a roots reggae masterpiece, maybe too rootsy for an intiate, but it is a classic.
3) The Mighty Diamonds "Right Time" -- ethereal harmonies, righteous lyrics, timeless.
4) Gregory Isaacs "Night Nurse" -- he's known as The Cool Ruler. Listen to this and you'll know why.
5-6) Black Uhuru "Red" or "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner". Great reggae from the early 80s.

I left Bob Marley off the list on purpose. You really can't go wrong with any of his Island releases.

bill / prairie point said...

my personal favorites are "follow my mind" from jimmy cliff and "marcus garvey" from burning spear.