Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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11. Shabba Ranks & Krystal, “Twice My Age” (1989)

It was Shabba Ranks, Rexton Gordon, who best portrayed the exaggerations of dancehall in dress, rhythm, music and a strong coarse macho voice. One of the best sellers of dancehall was the duet of Shabba Ranks and Krystal, whose soft female voice produced a beautiful contrasting ballad, interrupted on alternate verses by a coarse, forceful response by Shabba on a classical deejay rhythm. This knockout song was “Twice My Age,” a lament by Krystal of the advanced age of her partner, with whom she is in love.

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