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    100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

    This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica.

    If you didn't get it the first time now's your chance to find out where it all began - all killer no filler!. If you did and wore it out get it now with bonus tracks and free download code!

    Since the album’s original release nearly twenty years ago, 100% Dynamite has become a cornerstone of funky reggae music: Eighteen killer tracks that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music had on Jamaican Reggae.

    100% Dynamite features come serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight Reggae versions to Soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

    100% Dynamite also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the sixties and seventies.

    These influences went both ways – check Brentford All Stars massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armagideon Time’ later covered by The Clash.

    This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers – Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

    The album is available as CD, heavyweight double vinyl (+download), plus digital.

    ORIGINAL REVIEWS

    "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

    "Brilliant" TIME OUT

    "Album of the week" MIXMAG

    "Compilation of the f***ing year" MELODY MAKER

    "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

    "I think there’s a good argument to be made for 100% and 300% Dynamite records - along with Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From The Vaults) – Vol 1 & 2, Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 and Blue Note: Blue Juice Vol. One - being among the finest compilations ever assembled. Anyone who has never heard Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’ or the Brentford Allstars' 'Greedy G' needs to remedy that situation straight away and anyone who is tired of hearing Althea & Donna’s ‘Uptown Top Ranking’, Willie Williams' 'Armageddon Time' and Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ needs to have a word with themselves anyway." THE QUIETUS

    • Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
    • The Maytals – Night and Day
    • The Marvels – Rock Steady
    • The Upsetters – Popcorn
    • Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
    • Tommy McCook – Green Mango
    • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
    • Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
    • Horace Andy – My Soul
    • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
    • Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
    • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
    • Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
    • Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
    • Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
    • Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
    • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
    • Sound Dimension – Drum Song
    • Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black
    Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of RastafariTales Of MozambiqueSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album Tales of Mozambique in an expanded double album/single CD/digital format, fully remastered and with the inclusion of two bonus rare single-only tracks, full sleevenotes, exclusive photographs and interview.

    Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, nowadays an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

    Count Ossie’s drummers performed on the first commercially released single to integrate Rastafarian traditional music with popular music: the vocal group The Folkes Brothers’ groundbreaking song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the momentous arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport.

    His legendary jam sessions up in his Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, are famous for the many Jamaican musicians who attended including The Skatalites players – Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs – and many others.

    The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari formed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, a union of Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers – variously known as his African Drums, Wareikas or his Afro-Combo – and the saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks’ horns group, The Mystics.

    The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the defining group in bringing authentic Rastafarian rhythms into the collective consciousness of popular music, their unique music is at once rooted in the deep traditions and rituals of traditional drumming and chanting alongside a forward-thinking, even avant-garde, artistry influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and other pioneering African-American jazz artists radicalised and charged by the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    Tales of Mozambique is a truly unique and fascinating ground-breaking album.

    Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the central group featured on Soul Jazz Records recent "Rastafari - The Dreads Enter Babylon” a collection showing the influence of Rastafari in Reggae and Jamaican popular culture.

    Soul Jazz Records will also be releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family 'Man From Higher Heights’ in the near future.

    * Bonus tracks

    REVIEWS

    " All roads in Rastafarian roots music lead to Count Ossie.He’s the lead character in this compelling subplot, the musician who was one of the first to put Rasta tenets into the heart of popular music.

    He did so from his camp in the hills above Kingston, Count Ossie and his drummers casting a spell on the musicians who gathered to check him out and then went on to spread the word about the powerful nyabinghi rhythms and mesmerising percussion.

    This is a reissue of the 1975 album Count Ossie made with his Rastafarian drummers and saxaphonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’s group The Mystics.

    It’s a groundbreaking, majestic work, by turns righteous in tone and joyous in execution. It’s the sound of Ossie and his ensemble narrating a history lesson and you’d be daft not to want to find out more."  IRISH TIMES

    • – Sam's Intro
    • – Tales Of Mozambique
    • – Selam Nna Wadada (Peace & Love)
    • – No Night In Zion
    • – I Am A Warrior
    • – Wicked Babylon
    • – Let Freedom Reign
    • – Lock, Stock And Barrel
    • – Nigerian Reggae
    • – Run One Mile
    • – Rasta Reggae*
    • – Samia*
    Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records

    This album is a strictly 1000-copies only worldwide digitally remastered exact repro LP+ download code. Also available as a very limited Japanese card sleeve edition CD - first copies only! Also digital album.

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    Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family’s long lost reggae album ‘Man From Higher Heights’ (originally released in 1983), digitally remastered and with full original artwork.

    This release follows on from the earlier release of Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari ‘Tales of Mozambique’ (1975) also by Soul Jazz Records.

    Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhere between the last Mystic Revelation album and the 1983 official release of ‘Man From Higher Heights’ it remains unclear whether this album is a mixture of original recordings overlayed with additional players, or Ossie’s post-Mystic Revelation players remaining true to the spirit of Count Ossie (who had died in a car crash in 1976).

    Either way it is a fascinating and successful blend of heavyweight Rastafarian roots rhythms and drumming alongside deep jazz improvisation and tripped out psychedelic fuzz guitar.

    The album was first released in 1983 on the British label VIsta Sounds with no mention of the line-up of the group. It has been out of print for over 30 years and remains one of the most mysterious of all releases relating to Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

    Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

    Count Ossie’s drummers made the first ever song to integrate Rastafarian traditional music into popular music - The Folkes Brothers’ song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, hosted jam sessions between his drummers and Jamaica’s finest musicians, Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore and others.

    Count Ossie and the Group’s Man From Higher Heights remains one of the most elusive of his highly progressive Rastafarian inspired recordings, the final release in Count Ossie’s career.

    Also available:

    Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique (SJR LP/CD235)

    Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (SJR LP/CD312)

    • – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • – Cruisng Down The Line
    • – Misfits
    • – Crossing River Jordan
    • – Mystic Memories
    • – Drums For Wise Man
    • – Chanting Higher Heights
    Dub Echoes - AlbumSonic Excursions In Dub and BeyondSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' journey into Dub and beyond, released to coincide with the new DVD film. Featuring an array of both legendary and current artists and producers connected to Dub.


    This monster double CD / triple LP is a lightning journey through Dub featuring Jamaican originators such as King Tubby, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy and Bunny Lee, alongside electronic futurists and Dubstep artists such as Kode9, Harmonic 313 (Warp) and LV (Hyperdub), as well as hip hop pioneer Roots Manuva and original junglist Congo Natty. Musical worlds collide as Francois Kervorkian meets Jamaican DJ legend U-Roy, and German techno giants Rhythm & Sound meet Cornell Campbell.


    This album is a celebration of all things Dub and related, featuring rare classics alongside new tracks from the pioneers and futurists of this electronic musical form.

    REVIEWS
    The Times 

    • Roots Manuva – Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub)
    • Rebel MC / Congo Natty – Creation Rebel
    • Disrupt – Sega Beats
    • Dub Syndicate – Forever More
    • Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox
    • King Tubby – Psalms of Drums
    • Kode9 and Spaceape – Sine Of The Dub
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign Rhythm
    • U Roy and Francois K – Rootsman
    • King Tubby – Ruffer Version
    • LV featuring Dandelion – CCTV
    • Rhythm & Sound with Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
    • King Tubby – Jah Jah Jehovah Version
    • Digital Dubs vs. Dubiterian – Deb Dub
    • The Congos – Congo Man Chant
    • Cotti – Run Tings
    • The Upsetters – Rejoicing Skank
    Dynamite!Dancehall StyleSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records/100% Dynamite returns with a massive slice of Dancehall bringing together music from the last 25 years up to the present. The album mixes up classic cuts, rare tracks and brand new material from the likes of Digital Mystikz - who lead the current UK Dub Step movement - and Ladybug (AKA The Bug and Warrior Queen) – two artists at the front of cutting edge of the Digital/Dancehall/Grime scene as well as featuring classic Dancehall from the originators - Dillinger, Lady Saw, King Tubby, Beenie Man, Kiprich, Michigan and Smiley and many more. 

    This album features non-stop Dancehall party classics and comes in all its many styles - Digital rhythms, Nyabinghi drumming, Dub Step and more. From the electronic wizadry of King Tubby to the Digital Mystikz and from the lyrical poetry of Tippa Irie, Shinehead, Lady Saw and many more this is Dancehall all styles! 

    Please Note: Tracklist for VOL. 1 LP is tracks 1-11 Tracklist for VOL. 2 LP is tracks 12-21

    • – Early B - Boombox
    • – Lady Saw - Nah Mix Nah Mingle
    • – Anthony Red Rose - Tempo
    • – Digital Mystikz - Earth A Run Red
    • – Dillinger - Dubplate Pirate
    • – Lady Saw - Sweetest
    • – King Baucho & Beenie Man - Weed And Grabba
    • – Wayne Wonder - Police And Bad Boy
    • – Cecile - Give It To Me
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    • 2×LP Vol.1£18.99
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    • 2×LP Vol.2£18.99
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    Joe GibbsRoots, Culture, Djs And the BIrth of DancehallSoul Jazz Records

    Covering Roots, Dub, DJs, Lovers and Dancehall, the latest Reggae release on Soul Jazz music is dedicated to the classic productions of Joe Gibbs. The album is a mixture of classic tracks alongside rare material ­ most of which has never been available outside of Jamaica - all released together for the first time.

    • Nigger Kojak And Liza – Fist To Fist Rub A Dub
    • Culture – See Them A Come
    • Trinity – Kingston Two Rock
    • Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Chapter 3
    • Joe Tex & U Black – Standardization
    • Mighty Diamonds – Identity
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Massive Fire
    • Althea – Down Town Thing
    • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
    • Trinity – Three Piece Suit
    • Joe Tex & U Black – Rub-a-dub Evening
    • Mighty Two – Hully Gully Rock
    • Shorty The President – No Peace
    • Dennis Brown – I'm Coming Home
    • Trinity – Starsky and Hutch
    • Joe Gibbs And The Professionals – Stonewall Jackson
    • Snuffy and Wally – Dreader Mafia
    • Bigger T – Million Dollar Plan
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    Harmony, Melody & StyleLovers Rock In The UK 1975-1992Soul Jazz Records

    A definitive 2-CD/Two Vol 2xLP compilation album of Lovers Rock.

    Double-CD (and two separate volumes of 2xLP) pack includes stunning 34-page booklet telling the story of Lovers Rock including interviews and features and exclusive photography.

    Featuring Dennis Bovell, Carroll Thompson, Louisa Mark and many more.

    Harmony, Melody and Style tells the story of lovers rock – from its sound system beginnings, through its commercial explosion at the start of the 1980s and its underground continuance into the next decade as the founding UK producers of Lovers Rock absorbed and mutated Jamaican reggae and American soul styles into a distinctly British reggae sensibility.

    REVIEWS/FEATURES

    “Hard to fault the collection. Soul Jazz has released a number of excellent collections-- helping to illustrate narratives in particular types of music by providing valuably comprehensive and illuminating context. Harmony is no exception.

    There's over 40 pages of liner notes penned by label boss Stuart Baker, complete with interviews and photos that reach back to the 50s, setting the stage and moving through to the mid 80s. Each page illustrates elements of the rise of lovers rock in sound system culture while at the same time discussing the realities of racism in Britain." PITCHFORK

    “Lovers Rock remains one of our few homegrown authentic musical hybrids, combining elements of American soul, Jamaican reggae and UK female attitude. As ever with Soul Jazz, it is packaged epically.” THE INDEPENDENT

    Read Full PITCHFORK (8.0) piece here 

    Two seperate Vinyl Editions:

    2xLP Volume 1 includes tracks 1-13

    2xLP Volume 2 includes tracks 14-25

    • La Famille – All Night Long
    • Louisa Marks – Caught You In A Lie
    • Sandra Reid – Don't Tell Me Tell Her
    • Carroll Thompson – Sing Me A Love Song
    • Winston Curtis – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Janet Kay – Feel No Way
    • Paulette Tajah – Stop, Look, Listen
    • Eva Sharp – Upside Down
    • Valerie Harrison – You're No Good
    • Anthony Brightly – I Love You
    • Charmaine Burnett – Make It With You
    • Sister C.C. – Stop Hurting Me
    • Kofi – Black Pride
    • Full Wood – Stop And Think It Over
    • Christine White – Caught By Love
    • Jean Adebambo – Paradise
    • Trevor Hartley – It Must Be Love
    • Blood Sisters – My Love Don't Come Easy
    • Yvonne Archer – Ain't Nobody
    • Louisa Marks – Even Though You're Gone
    • The Cool Notes – People Make The World Go Round
    • Legato – I Cares
    • Candy McKenzie – Thinking of You
    • Wendy Walker – We've Got One
    • The Sadonians – Goodbye My Love
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    • 2×LP Vol.1£26.00
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    Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded Edition)Soul Jazz Records

    Expanded edition which now features five extra tracks!

    This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro & Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.

    New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s performing McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock of Charmaine Burnett singing Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.

    ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes as a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.

    ‘The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks … if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.’ All Music

    • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • Black Harmony – Don't Let It Go To Your Head
    • Latisha – I'm Every Woman
    • Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
    • Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
    • Risco Connection – Ain't No Stopping Us Now
    • Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
    • Sharon Forrester – Love Don't Live Here Any More
    • Carol Cool – Upside Down
    • One Blood – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
    • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-DSoul Jazz Records

    Kevin Martin (aka The Bug) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) have collaborated on a unique project bringing together new, exclusive and in-demand cutting-edge digital music by electronic futurists such Harmonic 313, Diplo, Roots Manuva, South Rakkas Crew and The Bug alongside music from the pioneering electronic scientific dub and radical producers of the Jamaican digital dancehall revolution in music - King Jammy, Steely and Clevie, Sly Dunbar, Prince Jazzbo, King Tubby, Dave Kelly, Firehouse Crew and many more.


    Like the music of The Bug himself (whose seminal ‘London Zoo’ album is an apocalyptic mixture of dancehall, dubstep and grime), the new digital producers featured here all create work that is contemporary (whether dubstep, acid, hip-hop, electronic) and yet linked in some way back to Jamaican dancehall - especially the new digital styles that exploded out of Kingston in the 1980s with King Jammy’s revolutionary computer-based sounds.


    Producer King Jammy learnt his trade under the greatest of all dub producers King Tubby, and this music constantly references back to the origins of dub - but whereas Tubby’s revolution used echo-chambers and analogue tape-splicing, the Jamaican producers featured here were the first to use and embrace computer technology.


    The double album comes in limited edition heavyweight deluxe hardcover 2-CD card-casing complete with a limited-edition graphic novel by Italian comic book designer Paolo Parisi (whose books include subjects as diverse as John Coltrane and Chernobyl). This specially commissioned graphic novel is a science-fiction vision of the future of digital music, featuring King Tubby, Steely and Clevie, Jammy, Jazzbo, complete with Alien Sound Lord Abductors, Aural Freedom Fighters and Digi-Dub Voyagers!


    There are also two super-heavy, super-loud, deluxe gatefold double-vinyl editions (with the first copies also including a limited edition graphic-novel in volume 1 and a free poster in volume 2).
    Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds brings together the most exciting electronic producers in Jamaica with current sound artists in the UK and beyond who all create music based on revolutionary sounds in 3D – Dancehall, Digital and Dub.


     PITCHFORK REVIEW HERE

    • Steely & Clevie – Street Sweeper
    • Lenky & Sly – Now Thing
    • Roots Manuva – Doogoo Dub
    • Dave Kelly – The Return
    • Harvel 'Gadaffi' Hart – Summer Bounce
    • Federation Sound – Flatlands (Brooklyn Dub Mix)
    • Steven 'Lenky' Marsden – Diwali
    • Matt Shadetek – Yoga Rhythm
    • Stereotyp ft. Alleycat – Modern Times
    • Da Grynch and Tippa Irie – Agony
    • Fresh Ear Productions – Hummer
    • Diplo – Diplo Rhythm
    • Harmonic 313 – Bazooka Riddim
    • Marlon Williams – Pitbull
    • Redlight – MDMA
    • The Bug – Aktion
    • Fat Eyes – Clothes Pin
    • Steven Ventura – Throw Your Hands Up
    • Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch – Corners Boy
    • David Jahson – King of Kings
    • Fat Eyes – Steel Plate
    • South Rakkas Crew – Red Alert
    • Parara and McCoy – Them Can't Hold Yuh Girl
    • King Tubby – Fat Thing Version
    • World Beat – Goldmine
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign
    • Henfield and Shadowman – Babatunde
    • Firehouse Crew – No False Hair
    • Computer Paul – World Talk
    • Fat Eyes – Overdose
    • Prince Jazzbo – Great Dub
    • Kickin' Productions – What You Gonna Do
    • Pliers – I'm Your Man Dub
    • Wiz Kidz Team – In My Heart Version
    • Jammys Jam2 James – Peenie Peenie
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    RastafariSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion.

    Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

    The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

    One of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in Jamaican music can be found on mento singer Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calpysonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’. In the song Noel Williams, aka Lord Lebby, discusses Ethiopianism, the political movement that calls for a return to Africa for black people.

    The 1960s saw the emergence of the first Rastafarian music on record with Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers. The visit of Haile Selassie to Kingston in 1966 was like an electric current throughout Kingston’s music scene – many of who had become adherents to the Rastafari faith.  By the 1970s Rastafarianism become practically synonymous with reggae, as many roots reggae artists became known throughout the world, led by the success of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

    At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers - and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

    At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rasta nyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

    As ‘roots reggae’ artists in the 1970s continued to spread the word of Jah (God) in their music, Rastafari reggae became the ultimate rebel sound throughout the world.

    This album comes in three separate formats: Deluxe CD with slipcase and 40-page outsize booklet featuring stunning photography plus text, deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (w/full sleeve notes etc) and as a worldwide digital release.

    REVIEWS/FEATURES:

    "This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and reggae music." IRISH TIMES

    "Soul Jazz's most recent in a line of high-quality compilations" PITCHFORK

     "Ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records" BLEEP

    "Outstanding compilation from the masters, Soul Jazz"  HOT SALVATION

    "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

    Read full Pitchfork feature here

    • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
    • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
    • Mutabaruka – Say
    • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
    • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
    • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
    • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
    • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
    • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
    • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
    • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
    • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
    • QQ – Betta Must Come
    • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
    • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
    • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
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    Studio One Ska FeverSoul Jazz Records

    A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica's foundation label of reggae music. Featuring  classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry -  alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the might vaults of 13 Brentford Road - pure Ska Fever !

    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One Ska Fever returns back to the early 1960s - when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica's Independence and Sir Coxsone ruled the land and The Skatalites and Studio One were creating history on a daily basis with an endless stream of blistering, scorching classic tunes.

    This album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest artists in reggae music, including Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many more. An all-star cast from Studio One, as Chris Blackwell famously noted, the 'University of Reggae'.

    The accompanying booklet contains extensive sleeve-notes from Studio One historian Rob Chapman (author of Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special), with information on musicians, tracks, label scans and more.

    Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Ska Fever is released in CD- jewel case, 24-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes) and also as a digital download.

    • Hugh Godfrey – Mad World
    • Johnny Moore – Skavling Johnny
    • Bongo Man & The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
    • The Clarendonians – Rudie Bam Bam
    • Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Climb The Ladder
    • Jackie Mittoo – Jump For Joy
    • Lee Perry – Gumma
    • The Soul Brothers – Freedom Sounds
    • The Clarendonians – You Won't See Me
    • The Skatalites – Cleopatra
    • The Gaylads – Don't Try To Reach Me
    • The Skatalites – Ska Parisienne
    • Higgs & Wilson – There's A Reward
    • The Skatalites – Timothy
    • The Ethiopians – Live Good
    • Don Drummond – Green Island
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mr. Talkative
    100% Dynamite! NYCDancehall Reggae Meets Rap In New York CitySoul Jazz Records

    An essential guide to the Dancehall Reggae/Hip-Hop clash that ruled New York in the early 1990s as Shinehead, Supercat, Mad Lion, Bobby Konders and many more rewrote the rules of Dancehall, Reggae and Rap. Killer heavyweight tracks, non-stop. Essential!

    From Kool Herc onwards, Jamaicans who grew up in New York City have played pivotal roles in the development of the city’s musical identity. Hip-Hop, born in the Bronx, was always hot-wired to Jamaica and in the 1990s the two became inextricably joined when reggae met rap in New York City. Dynamite NYC brings together the many artists who created this unique scene, linking together two of the world’s most important musical cultures – hip-hop and reggae.?In the early 1990s, Jamaican dancehall - including artists from this home-grown New York scene - became the subject of close scrutiny by the US major record industry who, having made vast profits from hip-hop, searched out Jamaican or Jamaican-descended artists who could potentially crossover into the vast US hip-hop market. Jamaican dancehall artists were signed to big US contracts (Yellowman, Supercat, Capleton, Shabba Ranks). And New York, previously a satellite town of Kingston for visiting Jamaican artists, but now with its own unique dancehall scene became a focal point as artists such as Shinehead, Red Foxx, Jamal-Ski, Mad Lion, and others were quickly signed up to major record companies.??

    100%Dynamite NYC features these and many other New York reggae/hip-hop crossover artists in this first album to feature the music from this scene.


    REVIEWS

    “100%Dynamite NYC is a proper block party selection. What moves this from wicked to essential is its documentation of the cross-pollination between reggae and hip-hop.” FACT

    “ Soul Jazz gives proof that Yankee-Caribbean fusions run deep and they also make it an enjoyable lesson.” The INDEPENDENT

    SUPER-LOUD VINYL IS IN 2 VOLUMES:
    Volume 1 is tracks 1-11. Volume 2 is tracks 12-22.

    • Supercat – Don Dada (Bobby Konders Mix)
    • Yankee B – The Original
    • Shinehead – Know how Fe Chat
    • Fu Schnickens – Ring The Alarm
    • Born Jamericans – Informer
    • Shaggy – Mattress Jockey (Siren Remix)
    • Jah Batta and Skatee – Style and Fashion
    • Rayvon – Girls Fresh
    • Red Fox – Dem A Murderer
    • Nikey Fungus – Zig Zag Stitch
    • Bobby Konders – Mack Daddy
    • Louie Rankin – Typewriter
    • Mad Lion – Double Trouble (Original Mix)
    • Super C – The Rat
    • Lady Apache – Rock and Comeen
    • Jamalski – Texas Rumpus
    • Ken Albert – Gunshot
    • Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
    • Ugly Man – DJ De Yah
    • Rankin' Don – Real McCoy
    • Mad Lion – Love Woman So
    • Terror Fabulous – Woman Say So
    • Deluxe 2×CD£12.00
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