Monthly archive January, 2010

Unforgettable: Reasoning With Sanchez, Part 1

From The Church To The Dancehall, Sanchez D Hits All The Right Notes.

Sanchez is one of those year-to-year singers who’s too often forgotten. So consistently stellar are his crystalline vocals, so unwavering is his standard of excellence, that we sometimes take him for granted. In such cases the best thing to do is walk away for a few years and make them miss you. After all, the man has been singing his heart out since the late ’80s, investing improbable pop songs with so much drama and passion that you forget all about the originals. Then he drops an album like the all-original 1995 masterpiece Praise Him, and the reggae world goes into a frenzy. But apart from being sampled all over the “Dipset Anthem,” mainstream success has eluded this supremely gifted vocalist. Not that he’s hurting in the least. 

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WATCH THIS: Wyclef featuring Mavado “Hold On”

“No Matter What You’re Going Through… Even When the Earth Quakes”

Like the song says, be strong. Simple as that. But the simplest songs are the ones we need the most. Sometimes an indispensible tune arrives before its purpose can be fully understood, and only in retrospect does the grand scheme reveal itself. Such is the case with “Hold On.” Read more »

HEAR THIS: Shaggy & Friends “Rise Again”

A Caribbean Collaboration For Haiti w Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Etana…

One good thing about music; when it hits you feel no pain. And from the first night the earthquake struck Haiti, the sound of hymns has reverberated through the rubble of Port au Prince. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Damian Marley & Nas “As We Enter”

DUNGLOAD The First Official Single from the album Distant Relatives.

You already heard the leak, now check out the full I-fficial mix as Nas and D brandish their razor-sharp lyrical swords. Man a bad man, me no play Willy Wonka! Run the track…

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HEAR THIS: Damian Marley & Nas “As We Enter”

Dungload The Official First Single Off The Distant Relatives Project

We brought you a snippet last summer. Now check the full version as Jr. Gong and Esco go in.

Dungload the track here.

Steel Pulse: Tribute To The Martyrs, 1979

From Handsworth to Haiti—The Song Remains The Same

On this MLK Day, let us pause to reflect on the words of the man who sacrificed his life to the struggle for equal rights and justice:

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

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