Over the weekend, Lily and I were balancing so many crazy tasks, but still found time to put together a beast of a Bovine Ska for you. We will started off the show with two sets of rare early Jamaican rhythm and blues, including a birthday tribute to Eric Monty Morris, followed by a mento set that features a spectacular cut from an LP that we picked by Duke And His Jamaica Five. Our spotlight this week will be on Peter Austin and Kenneth Wilson’s fantastic rare reggae imprint, the Stud Label. Amazing reggae cuts on Stud from 1971-1978 that we know we make you forget this darn heat! PLEASE ADD THIS EPISODE TO YOUR PLAYLIST ON MIXCLOUD, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. Stay cool friends XO Generoso and Lily
Last week we read the sad news posted by the great Baba Brooks that foundation trombonist, Ronald Wilson, passed away on July 4th. Over the 22 years of our radio show we have on multiple occasions spotlighted Wilson’s vastly underrated work as a trombonist. For this week’s show we memorialized Ronald Wilson as we looked back on his illustrious career as a member of The Upcoming Willows, The King Edwards All Stars, The Comets, The Jets, The Upsetters and as a solo artist and producer. We send our deepest sympathies to Ronald’s family, to Baba Brooks and to all of his colleagues whom he performed with, and to all of the music students whom Ronald instructed while teaching in the New York Public School system for twenty years. Rest in peace Ronald.
The songwriting duo of Gerry Goffin (lyricist) and Carole King (composer) were a hit making machine for The Brill Building, and for this week’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady we will examine their profound influence in Jamaica by playing superb rocksteady and reggae covers of the classic songs that they created together. You know their hits: “The Locomotion,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” and on this show you can hear rocksteady and reggae versions from 1967-1978 of Goffin/King classics like these done by Jamaican artists such as, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith, Delroy Wilson, Dandy Livingstone and many more! PLEASE ADD THIS EPISODE TO YOUR PLAYLIST ON MIXCLOUD, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. Stay cool friends XO Generoso and Lily
It’s been a super hot last few days here, and so we send cool thoughts wherever you are in the world. For this first Bovine Ska of July 2018, we have put together our spotlight of vocalist/producer, Bill Gentles’ WALDER BIRD LABEL. This label is packed with fantastic rare reggae from 1970-1973 including Bill Gentles and Jackie Edwards’ cover of Randy Newman’s hit song, “Rabbi’s Son,” and also a cover of the Cliff Richard classic, “Bachelor Boy.” We’ll start off the show with two sets of blazing hot ska to make you pass out from heat exhaustion. IF YOU ENJOY THIS SHOW, PLEASE ADD THIS EPISODE TO YOUR PLAYLIST ON MIXCLOUD, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. Stay cool friends XO Generoso and Lily