Artist: Lloydie & the Lowbites
Song: Birth Control
Album: Trojan Box Set: X-Rated Reggae Disc 1
Lloydie and The Lowbites - Birth Control
R.I.P Lloyd Charmers
Artist: Count Lasher
Song: Calypso Cha Cha Cha
Album: Jamaica before Ska
Count Lasher - Calypso Cha Cha Cha
“ Play fool to catch wise.
Artist: Barrington Levy
Song: Black Roses
Album: Too Experienced: The Best of Barrington Levy
Barrington Levy - Black Roses
“ Now, as with everything else in life, my “Jamaican touch” is both a blessing and a curse. One of the blessings is that wife, who is originally from Colombia, has really begun to understand me and my idiosyncrasies. But I was shocked when about ten years ago, she began to use words like wet-up—a sure sign that my Jamaican touch had worked on her. In fact, you could say that a sure sign of the “Jamaican touch” is if a non-Jamaican begins to attach the word “up” to words. I swear, Jamaicans have an innate sense of the transcendent because of the inordinate amount of words to which we have attached our own suffix “up”: Fix up, chop up, mash up, bus’ up, bruk up, pretty up, dirty up, tear up, nice up, and tangle up. And everyone knows how Jamaicans love to “big up” themselves….The first time I heard my wife say wet-up, I nearly burst out laughing. Nearly. We’ve been married for more than twenty years and unlike when we were newlyweds, I know what’s good for me. I now keep my mouth shut. But when she asked me, “What sweet you so?” all I could do was to go outside and cut the grass so the lawnmower would drown the noise of my laughter.
My Jamaican Touch
“ They plays cha-cha, bolero, beguine, all the different tempo - on the north coast, Kingston, all over Jamaica. So you have different music to match. If it’s a wedding it’s a different set of music you play, if it’s a club scene it’s a different music, if it’s a party you play a different ting. So it was a good band.
— Lloyd Knibb talking about Eric Dean’s Orchestra
Artist: Inner Circle
Song: Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush
Album: Reggae Thing
Inner Circle - Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush