Have you been keeping up with our Jamaican Oldies shows in Chicago? If so you know that Jamaican foundation ska legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE is a regular fixture on the Chicago scene! THE harmonica sound on thousands of early ska sessions at Studio One, Treasure Isle, etc – he was also an accomplished singer / band leader / arranger / label owner who released singles in the 60s on his own ORGANAIRES imprint. The success of his Chicago appearances, dare we call it a “return to the scene”, has lead to a tremendous relationship with Minneapolis’ THE PRIZEFIGHTERS resulting in six tracks being recorded together in the Spring of 2014. Continue reading Jamaican Foundation SKA legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE with THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – 3 new 7″ singles + Limited Edition European Tour CD available now!
Barbara Smith, better known as Lady Ann, began sneaking into local dancehall sessions circa 1975-1977, featuring sound systems like Black Harmony and Soulatonie. Lady Ann’s closest musical cohorts in these early days were Little John and Ranking Toyan, but at the same time she was influenced by Clint Eastwood, Ranking Dillinger, Trinity, Barry Brown, and Sugar Minott. Lady Ann began her professional music career in 1978, recording her first songs, Plan Your Family (a combination with Ranking Toyan), as well as Shine Eye Boy, for Don Mais’ Roots Tradition Label. Continue reading LADY ANN “Bad Gyal Inna Dance” CD/LP – (JUMP080)
MR SYMARIP is ROY ELLIS – the legendary voice behind the original skinhead reggae band SYMARIP…and he is back from the moon! Fourteen tracks of classic Jamaican ska and reggae backed by an all star European band! Nothing watered down here – pure skinhead delight! Tight riddims, ruffneck energy, and catchy lyrics that could have been penned during the late 60’s when the skinhead movement was in full swing. That was when the driving beat of reggae was taking Britian by storm, and a little known group by the name of SYMARIP recorded Continue reading MR SYMARIP – “The Skinheads Dem a Come” CD – (JUMP072) (OUT OF PRINT)