7 Essential Life Spiritually Boosting Reggae Songs

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“On his knees I heard him pray so hard, he said God save your children, save us from the sins of the flesh”- Lucky Dube

I don’t think there is anyone that hates music, but it is likely that one may not like jazz music but pop music. Imagine life without music, it would be totally empty. Listening to music helps us  to relax and sometimes instantly put one in a very good mood.

Music heals worries, depression, psychological problems and can lift your life spiritually. Below are great collections to increase your faith and boost your spiritual life. They are music I selected from some of my favourite reggae artists.

  1. Lucky Dube’s Sins Of The Flesh

Peter Tosh’s Creation

3. Bob Marley’s Give Thanks And Praise

4. Anthony B’s Give Thanks

5. Buju Banton and Morgan Heritage’s Psalm 23

6. Donna Marie’s God So Loved The World

7. Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

Happiness is not a commodity sold at the shop, yet many people can’t get one. We may pass through difficult times but we can be happy if we overcome that problem. In this way, science defines happiness as a combination of how satisfied you are with your life (for example, finding meaning in your work) and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis.

 

10 Great Reggae Love Tunes To Boost Your Love Life

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International Reggae star Gregory Isaacs

There are many ways to boost your love life to build a happy solid foundation. Some go to the restaurant, cinema, opera and other places of interests, but many used to forget that playing love songs at home is one of the best strategies to build a happy union. Below are some of my favourite reggae love tunes. I hope you will like them.

  1. Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low

2. Peter Tosh’s Rock With Me

3. Shaggy’s Piece Of My Heart

4. Anthony B’s Someone Loves You Honey

5. Mikey Spice’ The Power Of Love

6. Beres Hammond’s They Gonna Talk

7. Gregory Isaacs’ My Only Lover

8. Lucky Dube’s How Will I Know If She Loves Me

9. I Jah Man Levi’s I do

10. Roger Robin’s You’re Beautiful

This is my selection of reggae love tunes for you. Remember that the tongue and the teeth sometimes fight. That means there are misunderstandings in every marriage or relationship. When there is any problem rekindle your love by playing these great love tunes. It will help you.

BONUS

Jimmy’s Cliff’s Shelter Of Love

Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal

Freddy McGregor’s I don’t Want To Be Lonely

The CD’s of all these great artists are available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/

The Secret Of How We Used Reggae Music As A Survival Tool In Africa

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A major figure in world music, Jimmy Cliff has painstakingly crossed many rivers to become an international superstar.

Life is very tough and full of lessons. In Africa, during our school days and darkest periods, to avoid social problems we fought to stay focused. On Sundays, we listen to whatever the preacher tells us, but away from the pastors sight, we used the reggae music as a tool to direct us on the right track and expressed our emotions.

In the sixties and seventies in Ghana, we listened to the songs of reggae pioneers, such as John Holt, Desmond Decker etc, but the musician whose songs played a significant role in our lives is Jimmy Cliff. His music was encouraging and inspiring.  It educated and made us tough in our environment with the desire to succeed in life. Below are some of the selected tunes of Jimmy Cliff we dwelled on.

Hard Road To Travel

We listened to reggae from dusk till dawn and the lyric encouragement helps us let go of suppressed feelings.

“It’s a hard road to travel and a rough, rough way to go, but I can’t turn back, my heart is fixed, my mind’s made up, I’ll never stop, my faith will see, see me through,” sings Jimmy Cliff. The hope and faith we had from such songs became our tool for survival.

Struggling Man

Everyman has a right to live, Love is all that we have to give, Together we struggle by your will to survive, Then together we fight just to stay alive, Struggling man has got to move
Struggling man, no time to lose, I’m a struggling man And I’ve got to move on.

Born To Win

I am born to win, Been lost and found, turned upside down, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Been cast aside and been despised, uhm, uhm, uhm, But I’m Daniel in the lion’s den, and Jonah in the belly of the whale, I’m not alone so I cannot fail, no, no, no. And I’m born to win.

Sitting In Limbo

Sitting here in Limbo, Waiting for the tide turn, Yeah, now, sitting here in Limbo, So many things I’ve got to learn, Meanwhile, they’re putting up a resistance,  But I know that my faith will lead me on.

You Can Get It If You Really Want

You can get it if you really want, You can get it if you really want, You can get it if you really want, But you must try, try and try, try and try ,You’ll succeed at last.

While we listen to such encouraging lyrics we are inspired in such a way that we don’t feel the pain we go through in our daily hustle, often eliminating the boredomness and depression. Even though Reggae music is not much promoted commercially by MTV, the power of the music can’t be denied.

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Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh were both against Apartheid in South Africa. In the picture, Jimmy Cliff wears T-Shirt with the picture of murdered South African hero, Steve Biko

Synthetic World

Your world is plastic; Can see through to the other side, Your cities are made of wood, Antiques are what you’ve got inside, Houses are paper but folks don’t hear a word you say
Friendship’s like acid, It burns, burns, burns as it slides away.

House of Exile

There’s a day of feasting and a day of famine, Day of sadness and a day of joy, You could see in the day of feasting, Life isn’t just a little play-like toy., So the day arrived when you least expected, Cos you always thought you were well protected, Now you feel like a fish out of water, So now you’re wondering what’s the matter.

“You can change the style, Of playing reggae, You can change the Rhythm of playing reggae, But never ever, Change the message,” sings Lucky Dube in Reggae Strong, because it’s a music that carries the message of truth and the light. If you don’t like the truth, you can never be a friend of reggae.

The Amazon page of Jimmy Cliff: http://www.amazon.com/Jimmy-Cliff/e/B000AR8LMC

How Joseph Hill’s Visit To Sierra Leone Halted The Rebels Activities During The War

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The Great Joseph Hill of the Group Culture

Once you are a music lover, especially Reggae, you will know who Joseph Hill is. He was the lead singer of the group popularly known as Culture. Joseph Hill was one of the talented early pioneers of reggae whose rich vocal and classic recordings made him one of the greatest reggae icons, along with the line with Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs etc.

Apart from his masterful compositions and his invigorating style of writing his songs,       the calm and humble gentleman who inspired a lot of musicians did what many world leaders tried and failed. In over three decades as a professional musician, Joseph Hill didn’t only sing as a peacemaker but practically involved in seeking peace worldwide.

During the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between the Jewish and Muslim populations inhabiting the lands covered by Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza strip and the surrounding Arab nations, both Israelis and Palestinians were killed in the fighting. All efforts by world leaders to stop this terrible conflict dating from the Biblical times were abortive.

Despite the mortar attacks and deadly missiles demolishing the Palestinian settlements and the killings, Joseph Hill bravely went to Israel promoting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Mr. Hill’s bold attempt was seen as an ironic approach to world peace.

That wasn’t the end, after seeking peace in the Middle-East, Mr. Hill visited Sierra Leone during the war. The forced recruitment of child soldiers by the Revolutionary United Front and the rebels’ atrocious behavior against civilians killed thousands of Sierra Leoneans. The decade-long civil war left Sierra Leone flowing with blood and amputated hands and legs of victims when Mr. Hill landed in Freetown the capital.

As soon as Mr. Hill arrived in Freetown, he told the rebels “I will only go if you put down your gun.” The rebels quickly obeyed him and they lay down their guns. Afterward, they sent a message to the president saying “You are lucky that Paa Joe Hill is in Freetown, else we shall destroy Freetown within 24 hours.”

A bad farmer quarrels with his tools but the hand of the expert produces fruits. Near the hotel, Mr. Hill lodged in Freetown, was a tree. Every morning a bird comes to the tree. Out of the sound of the chirping bird, Mr. Hill composed a song with it. Is it not amazing? It wasn’t surprised when Prime Minister Miller recognized him as “towering representative of our homegrown idiom, reggae.”

Born in the rural Jamaican parish of St. Catherine in 1949, Joseph Hill started his musical career in the late 1960’s as a percussionist. During the Rastafarian influence on reggae in the 1970’s, Mr. Hill formed Culture producing more than 30 albums.

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Two Giants Clash: Bob Marley and Joseph Hill

While on tour in Europe in the year 2006, Mr. Hill suddenly fell sick and succumbed to his illness. His selfless sacrifice seeking peace worldwide and his ebullient musical achievements placed him in the history of reggae as a great artist.

Amazon page of Joseph Hill: http://www.amazon.com/Culture/e/B000APTMT0

The Inside Story Of The Influence Of Peter Tosh On Lucky Dube

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Lucky Dube and Peter Tosh

Like many writers, some of the great musicians all have stories to tell over what or who influenced them to reach the highest peak of their musical career. It will be recalled that one day, Burning Spear met Bob Marley on his way to the farm and he spoke to him about his music ambitions. Bob Marley then directed Burning Spear to go to ‘Studio One.’

That was the beginning of Burning Spear’s successful musical career. With a good heart, he gave credit to Bob Marley in his song “As it is” taken from his album ” Calling Rastafari.” He sings, “I start singing in the late sixties. Told about Studio One by Bob Marley.”

Out of the three original trios of  ‘The Wailers’ Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. There must be some reasons. Lucky was a victim of Apartheid. During the Apartheid era, two white men with bull dogs were bragging about how strong and wild the dogs are. Unfortunately, Lucky appeared there at a wrong time and the owners let go the dogs on him. Lucky Dube said this sad story in one of his interviews.

While world leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, were supporting Apartheid, concerned Peter Tosh, was probably the first musician to play the tune ‘Apartheid,’ expressing his anger against the injustice and sufferings of South Africans, before other musicians followed him. This is a significant example if Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. Reggae music is not only to be listened to but also to be studied.

Lucky Dube honoured Peter Tosh

Now let’s find out the love Lucky Dube had for Peter Tosh. In one of the songs of Peter Tosh, ‘Glass House,’ Peter Tosh sang “Harm no man, Let no man harm you, Do unto others, As they would do to you, And to every baldhead, Respect the Rastaman Cause he’s the only man left on creation.” The latter, “Respect the Rastaman cause he’s the only man left on creation,” is what I want to lay my emphasis on.

 In 1991, Lucky Dube released the remarkable album named ‘PRISONER.’ On the track called “Reggae Strong,” Lucky Dube honoured and paid a tribute to Peter Tosh unnoticed by singing, ” Killing the prophets of reggae, Destroying the prophets of reggae, But somebody said to all the bald heads Respect the rastaman ‘Cause he’s the only one
Only one left in Jah creation.” (He referred to Peter Tosh here.)

During my interview with Lucky, he confirmed his likeness to Peter and said; “Peter Tosh was a great singer, so I feel honoured if people say that I sing like him.” He similarly honoured Bob Marley too, while singing the song ‘VICTIM,’ saying “Bob Marley said
“How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look But little did he know that eventually the enemy will stand aside and look while we slash and kill.”

“Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, reggae in church, Everybody likes it.” Lucky Dube was a kind of musician no one can fill his shoes, after his tragic departure from this earth because he was the only Lucky Dube and his music was exceptional and a masterpiece.

Amazon page of Lucky Dube: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Dube/e/B000APVHAW

“Daddy Where Ever You Are Remember Me”- Lucky Dube

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Lucky Dube of South Africa: One of the world’s greatest reggae legends

Many great people die and nobody remembers them anymore. All that they achieved perish with them forever, but not Lucky Dube.  Like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh etc, the fame of Lucky Dube, the mesmerising  South African reggae star has overflowed its banks, ranking him one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known.

It’s often said good or great people die very young. This is a statement I have never ponder over it until the unexpected death of this perfect gentleman whose songs seek peace, love, unity and speak against social problems and injustice. Like many others, I haven’t overcome the death of Lucky Dube, because I interviewed him and above all his music is among my favourite reggae collections.

Every song that Lucky Dube made was a hit because his lyrical is brilliant and delightful. His invention and combination of mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) music created such a beautiful melody satisfying music lovers across the globe. His song “Daddy where ever you are remember me,” is one of my favourites because it reminds me of the day at the age of 19, standing by my father’s hospital bed and he passed away.

Lucky, you and your family are in my heart and mind. I am no more deeply saddened by the loss because your music gives assurance that you are still with us. Wherever you are may God remember you.

Lucky Dube singing ‘Remember Me’ live

Lucky Dube’s music is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Dube/e/B000APVHAW/

30 Minutes With Andrew Tosh : Son Of The Great Peter Tosh


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Andrew Tosh on stage. Photo credit- Joel Savage
                                 There is magic in music, it heals, consoles, inspires, and even has the voice to speak to us if you listen carefully. On the road of agony, growing in dangerous and hard environments, reggae music was the only tool many Africans lived on to pass through the turmoils of life successfully.
                                   Music like ‘Stand Firm’ by Peter Tosh, ‘Born To Win’ by Jimmy Cliff, ‘Give Thanks and Praises’ by Bob Marley, ‘Black Heart Man’ by Bunny Wailer’ etc, are some of the songs we depended on to prevent us getting into trouble with the determination to succeed in life.
                                  There were many great musicians that started early in Jamaica. Desmond Decker, John Holt, Toots and the Maytals, Culture, Burning Spear, etc, but I can’t explain how Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Bunny Wailer did it as if they were the only musicians in Jamaica that time.

                                  Once you like the father, you will like the son, the reason I was very glad when I met both Andrew Tosh and Julian Marley in Antwerp.  It all started during the summer holiday festivals in Antwerp, Belgium. I have missed many festivals and interviews because the festivals take place while on holidays in Africa. This time, luck was on my side, among other artists to perform was Andrew Tosh.

                                    I have heard many times, people saying that Jamaican musicians are  snobbish and have no interest in Africans, but that’s not true. I have enjoyed every minute of meeting famous Jamaican musicians. They are respectable, friendly and story-tellers.
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One of Andrew Tosh’s fans takes a photograph with him. Photo credit: Joel Savage
                         Andrew told me much about how he was influenced by his father. His father thought him how to play the piano while very young. Like every child, Andrew enjoyed his father, but quite sad over the pain and brutalities his father went through at the hands of the so-called law, while they ignored the crimes tearing the society apart.
                         “If you’re great, all eyes are on you. You’ll have both lovers and enemies. The goal of the enemies is to break you down physically and spiritually but Peter wasn’t an easy person to submit to that breakdown. He was one of the living great musicians in his time. The reason as a tribute I wrote ‘He Never Died.’
                          Yes! Andrew played ‘He Never Died’ for his father. For the rest of the conversation, I had with Andrew Tosh and other artists such as Luciano, you can read it in the book ‘The Passion Of Reggae and African music available at Amazon.