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9 At Five - Jah9'S New Album Debuts Midway Billboard Reggae Top 10

In a situation of significant reordering on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for the week ending October 1, 2016, singer Jah9's new album, 9, has debuted at number five. She is the highest placed Jamaican at the upper end of the ranking, and her semi-eponymous set is one of three new full-length projects to debut in the top five.

The others are Fireflies by John Brown's Body, which takes the top slot, and Bumpin Uglies' Keep it Together, which sits at number three. Last week's number one, Nothing More to Say (The Frightnrs) is down a place to number two. Last week's number-two placed reggae album, Falling Into Place (Rebelution), has doubled in number while slipping in ranking to sit at number four.

It is not the best of weeks for Jamaican performers on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, as both Stephen and Ziggy Marley have lost ground, while comeback set, Strictly Roots (Morgan Heritage), has returned to the land outside the top 10, from whence it had reappeared briefly. Stephen's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, has lost two places and is now at number six in its eighth week on the chart, while Ziggy's self-titled set is clinging to a listing at number 10. This is after 17 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for the former number one.


Positions seven through nine are occupied by Set in Stone (Stick Figure, 44 weeks on the chart, number three last week), Livin Free (Roots of Creation, new entrant, two weeks on the chart), and Wandering Soul (HIRIE, four weeks on the chart, number seven last week, former number one) respectively.

Precious few full-length sets in Billboard's reggae top 10 have found a place in the iTunes equivalent. In that ranking, up to the wee hours of yesterday, Rebelution's Falling Into Place, was at number three, Stick Figure's Set in Stone, was in seventh position.

Beenie Man, with Unstoppable, was the highest-placed living Jamaican at number four on a top 10 that is largely a Tuff Gong and Junior Gong affair. The father (Bob), along with The Wailers, held the number one and two slots with versions of the same album. Legend (Deluxe Edition) is in pole position, and Legend (Remastered) just below. Both have the same release date of May 8, 1984.

Bob Marley and The Wailers' Gold (released January 11, 2005) is at number five.

The son, Damian, has back-to-back albums at the edge of the top 10. Welcome to Jamrock, released in the same year as his father's Gold, is at number nine. The combination set with Nas, Distant Relatives (Bonus Track Version), is at number 10.

Rounding out the iTunes reggae albums top 10 are Rebelution's Peace of Mind (Deluxe) at number six, and Make it Better by the Guerilla Panda Dub Squad at eight.

Shaggy has two long stayers on the listing. Hot Shot, released on August 8, 2000, is at number 12, and Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection is at number 14. It was released on September 9, 2008.

Buju Banton's Til Shiloh, with a release date of December 31, 1994, comes in at number 31. However, in terms of durability, the soundtrack set The Harder They Come (Remastered) is a tough act to follow. Holding the number 34 spot on the iTunes ranking, it is given a release date of December 21, 1971.

-Source Jamaica Gleaner
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Roy Black | Prince Buster A Musical Gladiator

One of the most exciting episodes in the life of the late Prince Buster was his musical confrontations, or 'musical wars', with others in the music business.

Perhaps the one that most people are familiar with is the one with Derrick Morgan, who he accused of stealing his belongings and giving them a Chinaman. But before that, Buster had some stinging musical exchanges with Clement Dodd also known as Coxson, the owner of the Studio 1 record label. Dodd had just returned from one of his musical sojourns abroad to find the music scene being taken over by his former employee and fledgling sound system arch-rival Prince Buster. Buster had just recently launched his Voice Of The People sound system and was on the verge of becoming a successful record producer with Eric Monty Morris' Humpty Dumpty, Derrick Morgan's Shake a Leg and his own They Got To Go. Dodd apparently felt betrayed because Buster was his 'right hand man', who helped to establish him as one of the top sound system giants at the time. According to Buster, in an interview I had with him, "I ease the pressure offa him, and I suffer inna the rush, too, but we made him into a sound system man and mek him can keep him dance in peace".

In the meantime, Dodd, in one of his rare appearances as a performer, likened Buster to the offspring of the nefarious King Pharaoh of biblical times, as he raps in prelude to Delroy Wilson's singing on the 1962 recording, Prince Pharaoh (go down). Among others, Buster had replies with One Hand Wash The Other and They Got To Come, in which he sings:

"Don't believe them people, I have done no wrong so will you kindly help me, help me to sing my song.These bad-minded people would like to see me down. But when the game is over and over, I can't go wrong. They got to come, they got to come, they got to come my way".

Buster further announced his displeasure with:

"This story has just begun

So please tell me if I'm wrong

It takes one hand to wash the other.

And every bad move they try

I pass them by and by

I leave them to cry

They might even die", all this in the recording One Hand Wash The Other.

The three sound system giants of the day - Coxson Down Beat, Duke Reid The Trojan, and King Edward The Giant, from whom Buster faced much resistance, were summarily mocked in the recording The Duke, The King and The Sir:

"I told you, I told you I would make them talk

the Duke, the King and the Sir.

Well the Duke went to the sir, said I got troubles on my mind

Then they both went to the King who didn't have no throne

And if there be a King everyone will know

Cause only a rightful King can sit upon my father's throne".

Three Against One told a similar story:

"Three against one, three against one

Man it's great to understand

'Cause the hotter the battle the sweeter the victory

It was round three and they all were on bended knees".


The story of the musical war, or the verbal clashes, between Buster and Derrick Morgan unfolded around 1962 when Buster requested Morgan's help (Morgan being a more seasoned campaigner in the music business) in the setting up of a music business. That business included a record store and the production of recordings for himself and other artistes. Morgan obliged, and in addition did two recordings (Shake a Leg and Come On Over) to help bolster the business. Morgan, however, didn't spend much time with Buster, and instead moved on to the Chinese-Jamaican Leslie Kong and his Beverley's label set-up a few yards north along Orange Street. Kong was paying twice as much. The move somewhat infuriated Buster and led to the beginning of an acrimonious affair between both men. The situation was exacerbated when Morgan recorded for Kong a song titled Forward March. In the recording, Headley Bennett included a saxophone solo, which Buster claimed he created. These were the belongings Buster claimed were stolen from him and given to the Chinaman. It sparked a series of exchanges, with Buster being the first to put his cards on the table with:

"You stole my belongings and give to your Chinaman

God in heaven knows that you are wrong

Are you a Chineyman or are you a Black Man?

It don't need no eyeglass to see that your skin is black

Do you prefer your Chineyman to your fellow Blackman

Speak up friend, it's plain to understand

It won't be very long, they'll have a change of plan to use you and then refuse you", in the recording Blackhead Chineyman.

Morgan was quick to answer with:

"You said it, I am a blackhead Chiney

but when I was with you, I was like a bull in a pen.

Live and let others live and you days will be much longer", in the recording Blazing Fire.

Buster then continued the exchanges with one titled Praise Without Raise, in which he stressed: "All you're getting is praise, but the Chineyman banking the raise.

Watch out blackhead you're getting praise without raise".

Morgan hit back with No Raise No Praise as he sang:

"You also said I'm getting praise and no raise. Don't conceal it friend to tell the public I was singing for you and I neither get praise much less raise".

There were a few more exchanges before things came to a head with Buster's threat to release Chinese Jacket, which referred to Morgan's Don't call me daddy. Morgan was somewhat peeved by the threat, because it was the first time that his name was being called - "Derrick go mind yu baby".

In response Morgan warned Buster that, should be proceed, he would release one with the lyrics:

"Buster while you were at sea

I was along with B (Blossom - his wife)

and all your children have the mark of this blackhead Chinaman".

Buster relented, an agreement was reached and the musical war ended.

-Source Jamaica Gleaner
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Tosh's Original Band To Reunite For Tribute Concert

With late reggae legend Peter Tosh being honored this October with the opening of a new museum located at the renamed Peter Tosh Square at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston, it was recently announced that his famed backing band - Word, Sound and Power - will reunite with original members at a benefit concert following the event.

The original members include Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Mikey Chung, Steve Golding, Robbie Lyn, Keith Sterling, Carlton 'Santa' Davis, George 'Fully' Fullwood, Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara and Junior Moore of The Tamlins, and Donald Kinsey as well as session musicians Dean Fraser and Nambo Robinson.

Formed in 1976 as Tosh's official backing group, Word, Sound and Power toured with the star both in the United States and Europe and played during the iconic One Love Peace Concert in 1978. Performers who have been invited include an incredible collection of famed reggae artistes, many of whom have already confirmed their appearance.

When the Peter Tosh Museum officially opens its doors, Jamaicans and visitors from around the world will be able to view a large collection of never-before-seen Tosh memorabilia, as some of the treasures will be displayed to the public for the first time. Visitors will also be able to relive aspects of the non-conformist, futuristic and abundantly creative Tosh experience through sizzling audio and video recordings featuring the superstar, as well as iconic artifacts including his M16 guitar and beloved unicycle that became one of his favorite means of transportation. Also available will be exclusive merchandise for sale to the public.

The museum project is a joint-venture collaboration between the Peter Tosh Estate, Pulse Investments Limited and Andrea Marlene Brown.

-Source Jamaica Gleaner
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Carlene Davis Defends 'Songs Of Bob Marley' Cover Album

"Over the years, Tommy would keep having conversations with me about Bob and - even conversations as to how Bob reacted towards a particular thing. And out of that, we did a single called Hey Brother Bob," said Carlene Davis, who recently visited The Gleaner's North Street offices to talk about her latest promotional efforts.

She spoke the words as she recalled them.

'Hey Brother Bob, I wanna talk to you. Hey Brother Bob, I know the things you say are true. They crucified Marcus Garvey. It's been over 100 years, shot Martin Luther King. They had no fear. They never taught Marcus Garvey in our schools; Christopher Columbus was the golden rule. But there's a fire burning in my soul-and we're gonna dance, dance, dance 'til the morning light," she spoke the lyrics of her long written song.

Though she has been a powerful figure in the Jamaican gospel music fraternity for the better part of the last decade, Davis holds no reservations in singing the songs of her Rastafarian family friend.

"I've always did Redemption Song when I did a live performance," she told The Sunday Gleaner. The accomplished gospel vocalist also said that while she is a warrior for Christ, her performance and the values reflected in her work is not limited to religious faith, but also serve as social commentary and action.

"If you look back on my track record with songs for the fight against apartheid like Winnie Mandela, Rise Up, and Santa Claus You Ever Come to the Ghetto, I was considered as the woman who sang the songs of freedom," she said with a laugh. "I was one of those artistes."

"We did Hey Brother Bob, and we went and recorded Redemption Song", she told The Sunday Gleaner, while spending some time in England. According to Davis, these recordings took place in 1992, around the same time that Nelson Mandela was freed from prison.

"We came back to Jamaica and Tommy said, 'I really think you need to go in the studio and let's do a collection of the songs', and that's how it happened."

"We first recorded and released it in 1993 on the Eko Talent Corporation Distribution Company," Davis told The Sunday Gleaner.

Tommy Cowan was a very close friend of the legendary Bob Marley. Cowan worked with Marley on and off the stage, as the marketing manager of Tuff Gong International at 56 Hope Road, while the singer was still alive. Cowan himself has gained his own notoriety in the music industry as one of the key producers of the famous Zimbabwe Independence Concert in 1980, where he was the only foreign performer and the one who incited a riot. Cowan was also the producer of the historical One Love Peace Concert in 1978.

Davis told The Sunday Gleaner, that it was with the blessing of the 'younger generation' of Marleys that she has decided to reissue the 1993 cover album.

"Just a couple years ago, there were conversations between us and the Marley family because they do their anniversary celebration of Bob and Tommy would be asked to come and be part of it. We reminded them that we have this album, and they got excited!"

"To be resuscitated at this point in time of my career, it's an inspiration for me to even be singing the songs of our great song writer, icon - someone who has inspired the world, someone who continues to inspire the world. For me, it's an honour."

The Tuff Gong Masters Vault series has seen the release of the collection of Tyrone Williams entitled Totally Tyrone, Rub-A-Dub Xmas, featuring various artistes and now sees the reissue of Carlene Davis' cover album titled, Songs of Bob Marley.

"Nothing happens before the right time - but it is quite timely. The album came out on July 29th - we're now in the nick of promotion."

Regarding promotion of the re-release, Davis told The Sunday Gleaner, that they were doing what they could as they go along. The songstress took a rest and restorative trip to the United States, where she decided to capitalise on the opportunity to promote this latest release and engaged in interviews with various radio stations across the US

"We went into Florida, we thought it was a great time now to just kick off the promotion. We've been doing stuff online, but I think it's time for Jamaica and the rest of the world."

Songs of Bob Marley, includes in the remastered recordings of Satisfy My Soul, Three Little Birds, Time Will Tell, Love and Affection, So Much Trouble, Waiting In Vain, Soul Rebel, Redemption Song and others.

-Source Kimberley Small
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