Posts tagged "Eek A Mouse"

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas “Terrorist In A England”

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas "Terrorist In A England"

Prayers For Manchester And A Plea For Unity

Like so many people all around the world, Mr. Vegas was deeply upset by the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. He decided to channel his anger into a song and here it is, over Steely & Clevie’s version of the classic ‘Far East’ riddim. Originated by Jamaica’s ace saxophonist Roland Alphonso at the legendary Studio One, and recorded by producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, the “Far East” was brought to further fame by Barry Brown’s classic song ‘Far East.’ Steely & Clevie’s version dates back to 1989 when they recorded a string of singles for their own Steely & Clevie label, including the hits ‘Stop Loving You’ by Freddie McGregor and ‘Spanish Harlem’ by Richie Stephens.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Free Up The Herbs: 40 of Reggae’s Highest-Grade Ganja Anthems

Free Up The Herbs: 40 of Reggae's Highest-Grade Ganja Anthems

Marijuana Laws May Be Changing, But These Rebel Music Selections Will Keep Playing Forever

Every day brings new headlines about voters in the U.S.A. passing medical marijuana laws and American states decriminalizing reefer—even as the Federal government reserves the right to swoop in and prosecute whoever however whenever. Meanwhile venture capitalists continue to align themselves with the Bob Marley estate in order to build a global ganja brand. It feels like a bright new day in the long-running batttle to legalize Jamaica’s national herb. But don’t sleep: the Governor General has yet to sign the proposal that would allow Rastas to cultivate for personal use and corporations to cultivate for profit. And Jamaica’s Governor General still answers to the Queen of England, so there’s no telling what will happen. Meanwhile youths all over the world are still getting locked up for illegal possession of the wisdom weed. So the binghi drums have to beat and songs like these have to play, words sounds and power. These are not just “weed tunes” but songs about the real-life struggles surrounding ganja prohibition. say are they just one-line shout-outs, like the tune where Bounty and Cham said “tell the government free up the weed policy,” as wicked as that was. These are the rabble-rousing songs dedicated to defending marijuana growers and sellers and smokers from all forms of downpression. Some relate to the nitty-gritty details of the hustler’s life, others focus on police efforts to fight against the weed, while others make the case for legalization. Any topic that could inspire so much great music has to be important. Just like Josey Wales said on track #20, “It Haffi Bun.” And these songs have to play. Audio After The Jump; Countdown Continues Above Read more »

WATCH THIS: Eek-A-Mouse “Ganja Smuggling” Live

WATCH THIS: Eek-A-Mouse "Ganja Smuggling" Live

One of Reggae’s Maddest Characters Does His Thing At Reggae Sunsplash

On November 5, 2013, 17 North Parade will unlock another one of its musical treasures, Eek-A-Mouse’s 2 CD+DVD Reggae Anthology: Eek-Ology.  The VP Records vintage imprint reveals a rare exclusive clip from the DVD, which features Eek-A-Mouse’s iconic performance at the 1982 Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica. The new anthology Eek-Ology is a thoughtful selection of essential hits and rare gems from Eek-A-Mouse’s extensive catalogue during the prime of his career Read more »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Eek-A-Mouse “Ganja Smuggling (live)”

Let’s Start Your 4/20 Weekend Off Right.eek

 

As the day winds down some of you are probably already thinking about your 420 shenanigans. Let us indulge you a bit with this 1982 classic “Ganga Smuggling” from the original “Sing-Jay” himself Eek-A-Mouse’s debut album “Wa Do Dem.” Eek-A-Mouse regales us with tales of living in the ghetto and how trafficking the herbs earned him some fresh new jewelry and a young lady on his arm. Roll Up One And Hit The Jump… Read more »