Not a Dubclaat: Edward Seaga Praises “The Origins Of Jamaican Music,” Except Dub Words by Sherman Escoffery– Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga finally arrived in New York City last week, after being delayed by Hurricane Sandy—that had shut down the entire Island of Jamaica. Vivien Goldman, writer and broadcaster, sat with him at the Tisch-School of the Arts, NYU, for a very informative and educational discussion about his latest project–that we had mentioned last month on LargeUp, The Reggae Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary; a commemorative, one hundred tracks, four CD box set, that showcases the origin and evolution of Jamaican music in its 50th year of independence, 2012. Mr. Seaga, an early pioneer in Jamaican music, conceptualized and selected every song on this album. He started working on this project three years ago with VP records, and the late Joel Chin—who was killed in 2011. Now finished and slated for release on November 6, 2012, this collection of one hundred songs, highlights significant milestones in Jamaican musical history; such as, the beginning and highlights of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and eventually Dancehall. There is also a 64 page booklet in this package, with liner notes by Chris Chin, Reggae historians John Masouri, Dermot Hussey, and Mr. Edward Seaga himself; making this box set a must have, or an excellent gift, for anyone who listens to Jamaican music. Mr. Seaga also took questions from the audience at NYU, but what shocked many in the audience was his surprising response to a question about his thoughts about dub music. Mr. Seaga expressed his lack respect for dub, saying, “It is minimal performance in the recording, with too much space left; and that is why DJ music followed immediately-with toasting by artist like U-Roy- filling in the space.” A former music producer and record company owner turned politician, Mr. Seaga contributed significantly to early Jamaica music, so his opinion has to be taken into serious consideration, even if you disagree with him. He also said that the Jamaican government would have ruined music if they had gotten involved in spearheading music. The normally stoic Seaga, even displayed a sense of humor by joking that Dawn Penn’s “No No No,” might even have been taken as song of protest. An anthropologist and musicologist, Mr. Seaga never seemed passionate about current Jamaican music, but still expressed his respect for where the music has evolved to, and had high praises for modern artists such as Etana, Beenie Man and Shaggy; He also expressed his appreciation to Chin family, especially the matriarch Patricia Chin O.D., for their work in producing, securing and promoting Jamaican music, that has even allowed him to compile this box set. Olivia “Babsy” Grange and her Mentor Edward Seaga Edward Seaga was accompanied on this trip by one of his former protégé, former Minister of Culture Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who also had her role in Jamaican music as the CEO of Spec-Shang music—that introduced the world to artists such as Shabba Ranks, Lady Patra and Mad Cobra. (L-R)Patrica Chin, Edward Seaga signs a box set at VP records, Luisa Calio. Photo Courtesy: Luisa Calio Full track listing for Edward Seaga and VP Records’ Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music Disc One 1. Easy Snapping (Original Version) – Theophilus Beckford 2. Dumplings – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires 3. Manny Oh – Higgs & Wilson 4. Oh Carolina – The Folkes Brothers 5. They Got To Go – Prince Buster 6. Independent Jamaica – Lord Creator 7. Black Head Chinaman – Price Buster 8. Blazing Fire – Derrick Morgan 9. Wash Wash – Prince Buster 10. Sammy Dead – Eric ‘Monty’ Morris 11. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Smalls 12. Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes 13. Occupation – Don Drummond & The Skatalites 14. Little Did You Know – The Techniques 15. Dancing Mood – Delroy Wilson 16. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole 17. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis 18. Every Night – Chuck & Joe White 19. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis 20. Tougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court) – Derrick Morgan with Desmond Dekker & The Aces 21. No More Heartaches – The Beltones 22. The Tide Is High – The Paragons 23. Trench Town Rock – Bob Marley & The Wailers 24. Israelites (a.k.a. Poor Me Israelites) – Desmond Dekker & The Aces 25. Sweet And Dandy – The Maytals 26. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians 27. Satta Massa Gana – The Abyssinians 28. Fire Corner – King Stitt 29. Java Dub – Impact All Stars 30. Hypocrite – The Heptones Disc Two 31. Wear You To The Ball – U- Roy & The Paragons 32. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson 33. 54-46 Was My Number (Stick It Up Mister) – Toots & The Maytals 34. Them A Fi Get A Beatin’ – Peter Tosh 35. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff 36. The Sun Shines For Me – Bob Andy 37. Marcus Garvey – Winston ‘Burning Spear’ Rodney 38. Fade Away – Junior Byles 39. Lady With The Star Light – Ken Boothe 40. Right Time – Mighty Diamonds 41. Police And Thieves – Junior Murvin 42. Ram Goat Liver – Pluto Shervington 43. We De People/ The Power And The Glory – Ernie Smith 44. Two Sevens Clash – Culture 45. It’s Alright – Bob Marley 46. Forward Ever – Jacob Miller 47. My Number One – Gregory Isaacs 48. Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown 49. Kaya – Bob Marley 50. Rub-A-Dub Style – Michigan & Smiley 51. Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna 52. Land Of My Birth – Eric Donaldson 53. Silly Games – Janet Kay 54. Someone Loves You Honey – June ‘J.C.’ Lodge 55. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – Black Uhuru 56. Arlene – General Echo Disc Three 57. Over Me – Yellowman 58. One Two – Sister Nancy 59. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth 60. I’m Getting Married In The Morning – Yellowman 61. Try Jah Love – Third World 62. Push Comes To Shove – Freddie McGregor 63. Love Has Found Its Way – Dennis Brown 64. Cottage In Negril – Tyrone Taylor 65. Every Time A Ear De Soun’ – Mutabaruka 66. Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths 67. Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith 68. Greetings – Half Pint 69. No Way Better Than Yard – Admiral Bailey 70. Wild World – Maxi Priest 71. Cover Me – Tinga Stewart & Ninjaman 72. Wild Gilbert – Lovindeer 73. Pocomania Day – Lovindeer & Chalice 74. Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott 75. One Blood – Junior Reid 76. Twice My Age – Shabba Ranks & Krystal 77. Hello Africa – Garnett Silk 78. Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers Disc Four 79. Putting Up A Resistance – Beres Hammond 80. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) – Dawn Penn 81. Murderer – Buju Banton 82. Tour – Capleton 83. Lord Give Me Strength – Luciano 84. Untold Stories – Buju Banton 85. Fed Up – Rodney ‘ Bounty Killer’ Price 86. Sycamore Tree – Lady Saw 87. Black Woman & Child – Sizzla 88. Who Am I (Sim Simma) – Beenie Man 89. Down By The River – Morgan Heritage 90. Virtuous Woman – Warrior King 91. Gimme The Light – Sean Paul 92. Pon De River, Pon De Bank – Elephant Man 93. Welcome To Jamrock – Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley 94. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley 95. True Reflections – Jah Cure 96. Roots – Etana 97. Boombastic – Shaggy 98. Lioness On The Rise – Queen Ifrica 99. On The Rock – Mavado 100. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff Pingback: A jubilee selection worthy a Prime Minister | Reggaemani Amy Wachtel this was a great event for true. an honor to be there. it was David Baram, former co-owner of legendary Long Island nightclub My Father’s Place, and entertainment attorney, who asked the Prime Minister about Dub Music. admittedly, Mr. Seaga’s answer, filled with nothing but contempt for the genre, shocked the audience. It lead to jokes like “Can’t Dub” (Chalice) and “Dubbing Is A Must” – NOT! (Pablo Moses). kidding aside, this was really a treat. It was Good to Be There. Give thanks to all involved.