November 2011

Rastamonday – (Bob Marley x Funkstar De Luxe – Sun is shining)

“Breaking into the industry on the back of this 1999 remix of Bob Marley’s ‘Sun Is Shining’, Funkstar De Luxe has proved himself to be a consistent and high-quality remixer and a producer with great ability.

Funkstar De Luxe was born Martin Ottesen. He played keyboard in a funk band throughout the 1990s but bands like Kraftwerk opened his eyes and ears to the potential of synthesisers and samplers.

His remix of ‘Sun Is Shining’ blew up around the world. It sold over 1 Million copies worldwide, went Gold in South Africa, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark, Silver in France and the UK and was licensed to a massive number of compilation albums. The single stayed at 1 for 3 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Dance Chart and remained on the chart for more than a year.

‘Sun Is Shining’ was named ‘Track Of The Season’ on Ibiza and Funkstar De Luxe performed the track at the 2000 World Music Awards in Monaco where he was also presented with an award for ‘The World’s Best Selling Reggae Single’.

Funkstar De Luxe quickly followed up with another remix of a Bob Marley track, ‘Rainbow Country’. Which did extremely well and lead to Funkstar De Luxe being approached to remix the work of James Brown, Grace Jones and Mary J. Blige.” Fulljoy this Rastamonday and have a great week! Bless

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Filiph Neo – Neo Soul Eu

I Came across Filiph Neo yesterday on Radio Rio Black and was really feeling his vibe. There’s not much info on him except that he’s from Sao Paulo, Brazil. These are two of my favorite tracks off his brand new album Neo Soul Eu, Fulljoy!

Filiph Neo – Neo Soul Eu

Filiph Neo-Por ti Lutei Remix (feat Nice e Sorry Drummer)

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RastaMonday – (Burning Spear – “Christopher Columbus”)

“Winston Rodney, also known as Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Burning Spear was originally Rodney’s group, named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister and President of an independent Kenya, and included bass singer Rupert Willington.  Their first recording with Jack Ruby, “Marcus Garvey”, was released as a single, and was immediate hit, which was followed by “Slavery Days”. These recordings featured the backing band The Black Disciples, which included Earl “Chinna” Smith, Valentine Chin, Robbie Shakespeare and Leroy Wallace. The group worked with Ruby on their third album, Marcus Garvey (1976), which was immediately successful and led to a deal with Island Records to give the album a wider release. Island remixed and altered the speed of some of the tracks, much to the annoyance of fans and the group, leading Rodney to set up his own Spear label for future releases where he would have full control, although further releases followed on Island including a dub album (Garvey’s Ghost) and the Man in the Hills album. In late 1976, Rodney split from both Ruby and group members Willington and Hinds, and from that point on used the name Burning Spear for himself alone”. He since went on to win 2 grammy awards and continues to tour today. This track “Christopher Columbus” speaks volumes to the Rastafarian messages he conveyed and gives good insight as to what his other tracks speak of. Fulljoy this RastaMonday and give thanks for truth, life, and knowledge. Bless Up!

Burning Spear – “Christopher Columbus

 

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The Isley Brothers – “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

“At Your Best (You Are Love),” originally a radio hit in 1976, is a song by The Isley Brothers dedicated to their mothers. Eighteen years later, the song was revived by Aaliyah for her debut studio album Age Ain’t Nothin But a Number. We featured her version a little over a year ago around her birth date. Check them both out and have a joyful day!

The Isley Brothers – “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

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