Friday, November 14, 2008

Genius: Traffic Jam / Ire Feelings

Genius’d Song: Traffic Jam
Artist: Stephen Marley
Album: Mind Control

Selection: Ire Feelings (Leggo Skanka)
Artist: Rupie Edwards
Album: Ire Feelings

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
The Traffic Jam (Feat. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley) - Stephen Marley
Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley
You Can Get It If You Really Want - Jimmy Cliff
Three Piece Suit - Trinity
True Love Is Hard To Find - Toots And The Maytals With Bonnie Raitt
Cool Rasta - The Heptones
Shove It - Santogold
Jammin - Bob Marley
Get Busy - Sean Paul
One Love - Bob Marley
Hey baby (Feat. Mos Def) - Stephen Marley
Chop 'Em Down - Matisyahu
Rudeboy Shufflin' - Israel Vibration
Climbing Up The Walls - Easy Star All-Stars
Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals
Mr. Loverman - Shabba Ranks
Pump Me Up - Krosfyah
Gimme The Light - Sean Paul
Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley
Ire Feelings (Leggo Skanga) - Rupie Edwards
A Ruffer Version - Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovator
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Chase Dem - Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley was part of the reggae group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers with his siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon. In 1980, at age 8, Stephen took lead vocals on "Sugar Pie", which he also performed live at the 1982 Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay. In 1985 Stephen was featured on a 12" single titled "Jah Is The Healing" (reverse side to "Naah Leggo", a Tuff Gong Jamaican release), and again on "Lord We A Come" from the 1986 Melody Makers release Hey World. Many tracks feature Stephen DJ/Ragga/Rudeboy toasting in support of Ziggy's lead, including on the track "Unuh Nuh Listen Yet" from Play the Game Right (1985). Later tracks featuring Stephen on lead vocal include "A Who A Say," "Problem With My Woman," "What Conquers Defeat," "Rebel In Disguise," "African Herbsman," "Mama," "Tipsy Dazy," "Traffic Jam," "Bygones," "Keep On," "Postman," "Long Winter," "Five Days A Year," "Notice," "Jah Bless", "All Day All Night," "One Good Spliff," and "High Tide or Low Tide."
Stephen produced much of his brother Damian Marley's three solo albums, most notably 2005's Welcome to Jamrock, where he was featured on the tracks "All Night," "Pimpa's Paradise," "For the Babies," and "Hey Girl." He also produced for brother Julian Marley, and executive produced and performed on the 1999 Bob Marley mash-up, "Chant Down Babylon".

In 2003, Stephen and brother Damian put together an album call "Educated Fools" under the group name of Marley Boyz. They recorded it on labels Ghetto Youths International and Tuff Gong International. Marley brothers collaborated with other reggae artists such as Bounty Killer, Capleton,Spragga Benz, Buju Banton, and brother Ky-Mani Marley.

Stephen Marley performing at the 2008 Newport Folk Festival.
Stephen released the video for Traffic Jam (which also features brothers Damian and Julian) in December, 2006. His debut album 'Mind Control' was released 20th March, 2007. Stephen is a five time Grammy award winner

Rupie Edwards

Rupie Edwards, an only child[1], moved to Kingston in 1958, where he set up his first band while still at school. His first recording was "Guilty Convict" b/w "Just Because", for L.S. 'Little Wonder' Smith in 1962, released on Melodisc's Blue Beat label in the UK, and was paid £15 for the session.[1] After recording a few singles, he became involved with the Virtues and, from 1968, started to focus only on his own productions.
By the beginning of the 1970s, apart from releasing singles as a singer, he had recorded artists like The Heptones, Bob Andy, Johnny Clarke, Joe Higgs, Gregory Isaacs and The Ethiopians on his own record labels 'Success' and 'Opportunity'. He also worked with DJs such as U-Roy and I-Roy, and released some instrumental versions with his studio band, The Rupie Edwards All Stars. The group included musicians such as saxophonist Tommy McCook, trombone player Vin Gordon, drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis, guitarist Hux Brown, pianist Gladstone Anderson, bassist Clifton 'Jackie' Jackson and organist Winston Wright.
In 1974 and 1975, he scored hits in the UK Singles Chart with "Ire Feelings" and "Leggo Skanga". Both tracks were based on the same riddim and an album containing new and older materials was released in 1975. In 1985, Trojan Records rounded up a full LP Ire Feelings - Chapter and Version composed entirely around this riddim, which had originally been cut by Edwards for, and voiced by, Johnny Clarke, for his Everyday Wondering.[2]
After these successes, Edwards moved to London, and since then has kept on producing and recording. He co-wrote "Big 7" with Judge Dread; "Buttoo" and "Lonely Man" with Gregory Isaacs; and singularly composed "Buckshot Dub", recorded both by King Tubby and Bill Laswell.
He is to be found running an eclectic record shop in Dalston, London, on Ridley Road.

Traffic Jam

Ire Feelings (vinyl!)

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