One of reggae's most enduring and influential singers, Dennis Brown straddled two generations of Jamaican music with producers like Niney the Observer and Joe Gibbs. In the early '80s, reggae's Crown Prince stormed back to the top of the charts with singles cut with Sly and Robbie, who redesigned the reggae riddim for the new global club set. “Sitting and Watching," "Have You Ever Been in Love" and “Revolution” feature some of Brown's most inspired singing. Be sure to search out crucial sides like "To the Foundation" and "Wisdom" also.
By Richard Henderson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Black Uhuru emerged at the head of a second wave of Jamaican vocal trios, in the wake of dread threesomes like Burning Spear and Culture. Like those earlier groups, Black Uhuru was more or less a platform for singer-song...
By J. Edward Keyes on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Sorting through the singles reggae giants Sly & Robbie produced for their legendary Taxi Label can be as quixotic as trying to paint clovers on houseflies — one oft-repeated estimate has the duo producing and p...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...