Words by Jesse Serwer and Natalie Weiner—
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Words by Jesse Serwer—
Many know Ini Kamoze from “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” the massive reggae/hip-hop crossover single from 1994. Others may recognize his as the voice sampled by Damian Marley (“Out in the streets they call it merther!”) on “Welcome To Jamrock.” In 1984, when he released his first music for Chris Blackwell’s Island and Mango labels, Kamoze (real name Cecil Campbell) was considered by some to be the future of reggae.
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.
You may have heard that Jamaica just celebrated a big birthday. VP Records is keeping the 50th anniversary celebrations going by releasing Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music – 50th Anniversary, a 4 CD set of a hundred tunes. VP Records President Christopher Chin and music historians Dermot Hussey and John Masouri also lend their expertise to the extensive liner notes. The selection itself, however, represents the range of Jamaican music released over the past half-century and each track has been hand picked by former producer, record label owner, member of parliament and prime minister Edward Seaga.
Out come November 6, 2012, it’s an amazing collection of music, from ska and rocksteady to dancehall, with one drop, rockers, steppers and roots rock reggae in between. More than anything, however, we can’t wait to see what 82-year-old Mr. Seaga has to say about Mavado and Elephant Man, who are featured on the compilation alongside greats like Derrick Morgan, Prince Buster and Byron Lee.