Monday, 23 July 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Brigadier Jerry - Ram Dance Master

It's finally sunny outside! So how about some reggae? An excellent track played on last night/this morning's edition of Don Letts' BBC 6Music show, and a tune that made me instantly think "Song For Today material". "Brigadier Jerry (born Robert Russell, 28 September 28, 1957, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican dancehall reggae deejay known for his "cultural" lyrics. He became interested in music at an early age, initially linking with U Roy's King Stur-Gav Hi-Fi sound system. 

Jerry's earliest stage appearances were as a young man performing stand-up comedy, but he soon switched to deejaying for local sound systems. By 1980, Brigadier Jerry was one of Jamaica's most sought-after performers by sound systems across the island, and a well-respected deejay among his peers. His first album was the live recording 'Live at the Controls' in 1983, and his debut studio album 'Jamaica Jamaica' was released in 1985. Briggy (as he is affectionately called) often chats verses directly from the Bible, and preaches against the evils of slackness in dancehall music when performing. He attributes his unique pattern to melding together the styles of a few artists who came before him, including U-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Big Youth, and Dennis Alcapone. Jerry has recorded six albums over the years, but the bulk of his career has been spent touring the world, as well as Jamaica, performing over countless sound systems. He still records the occasional single, most recently for the Ranking Joe label, but remains primarily a live performer..."

Sadly, since 'Ram Dance Master' isn't available on Spotify, it can't be added to the huge 'Song For Today 2012' playlist, which you can listen to HERE.

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