This week, we have made for you a supremely silly show as we explore the effects that American and British television had on the music of Jamaica. For two hours, you will hear wonderful and sometimes rare ska, rocksteady, and reggae homages from 1963-1974 of some of your favorite shows and in some cases, riffs on the original soundtracks themselves. Top Grant giving respect to the longest running soap opera on TV, Coronation Street. The Buster All Stars doing their take on Henry Mancini’s theme to Peter Gunn, and Dave and Ansel Collins trying out Lalo Schifrin’s theme to Mission Impossible. We also through in a bit about Jamaica’s history of television broadcasting as well. IF YOU ENJOY THIS, PLEASE ADD THIS SHOW TO YOUR PLAYLIST, FAVORITE IT, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. XO Generoso and Lily
Lily and I spent our weekend throwing down sides to get ready for this week’s Bovine Ska, which features a spotlight of WG’s TRANS AM LABEL, which was the home to one of Peter Tosh’s most iconic early cuts, “Oppressor Man,” from 1970. We started off the show with two sets of ska, sets that contain a couple more of the singles we found last week in Montreal including Roy Panton’s wonderful 1964 cut for King Edwards, “Let Them Talk,” and Baba Brooks’ “Musical Sermon,” for Gayfeet. IF YOU ENJOY THIS, PLEASE ADD THIS SHOW TO YOUR PLAYLIST, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. XO Generoso and Lily
We traveled to Montreal this weekend to see, hear, and meet legendary avant drummer and scientist, Milford Graves. He was as brilliant as ever. While there, we picked up some fantastic sides that you will hear on this week’s Bovine Ska, including our record label spotlight on Stare McCallum’s outrageously rare GEMINI imprint. Killer reggae cuts from 1969-71 abound on the label from Boston Jack and The Soulites, Youth Man Earron and more. Our program starts with two sets of ska with many of the cuts having never before been played on our show. PLEASE SHARE our show wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. XO Generoso and Lily
Experimentation is essential to art. In the history of Jamaican music, from the first deejay who toasted over a record, to Clive Chin and Errol Thompson adding effects to a track, experimentation has produced some great works. Saul Levine is a brilliant avant-garde filmmaker and teacher who has been honored all over the world. On Wednesday nights for as long as we can remember, Saul also curated the Mass Art Film Society, where he showed vital films to not only students but also to the general public to expose them to the art of film that he loves. That night was a regular fixture for us, and it furthered our love and understanding of not just experimental film, but the need for experimentation in any art form. Due to a controversy, Saul is ending his tenure at Mass Art after 39 years, and in his honor, we have selected Jamaican tracks that we feel best exemplify the need for experimentation that we hope you enjoy. We love you Saul.