The recent passing of Wayne Smith marks another loss to the reggae world this month. February has already claimed the legendary Bunny Rugs of Third World when this news sadly followed after. The 48 year old passed away after suffering a heart attack.
Wayne Smith, although not a prolific recording artist left an indelible mark on Reggae in the mid 80’s with his hit track ‘Under Mi Slengteng’. The song was an instant a game changer. The riddim, ‘Slengteng’ spurn countless hits song on the instrumental and was know as Dancehall’s first ‘computerised’ recording.
The late Mr Smith may’ve not been a household name but once he had laid those vocals… “It’s weighing my brain” he transformed Jamaican popular music forever.
Last month the legendary home of Bob Marley, Tuff Gong studios in Kingston Jamaica hosted a massive 5-hour radio show for BBC 1Xtra. The show was loaded with live music sessions from Tarrus Riley, Chronixx also Damian Marley and Baby Cham. We also grabbed some big interviews and PA’s from T.O.K, Iba Mahr, Jah Bouks, J Capri, Wayne Marshall, Assassin and more. Check out my youtube channel for highlights.. #JamaicaNice
I was recently in Jamaica for the islands biggest and best culture music festival Rebel Salute. With a line up that included Bob Andy, Luciano, Capleton, Bunny Wailer and more over the two nights. I managed to catch up with Jah Cure, Bounty Killer and Damian Marley.
I don’t want to be drawn about who is running the Soca scene at present but Bunji Garlin is in a league of his own. I caught up with him days after his UK visit to the annual Notting Hill Carnival and he delivered this bomb! Kaboom..