Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Rafael Gray’s Spartacus Label 4-28-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

We began this week’s show with two sets of lovely ska, one smooth and one fierce, starting off with Cornell Campbell’s pretty cut for Randy’s in 1963, “Make Hay.” Our mento set began with a tribute to Laurel Aitken. Last Wednesday would’ve been his 93rd birthday and so we played his 1957 release for Caribou, “Nebuchadnezzar.” Our first hour ended with a full set reggae salute to The Rolling Stones, and that set featured an amazing version of their 1966 song, “Out Of Time” done here by Henry Buckley for Tiger in 1970. Our label spotlight this week is on Rafael Gray’s Spartacus label that has sharp mid-to-late 70s reggae from Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Prince Williams, and General Roy. Our background music for the first hour this week is in tribute to Hamilton Bohannon, who passed away over the weekend. Bohannon has been a longtime favorite here on the Bovine Ska and he will be so missed. Stay healthy and safe friends XOXO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Jimmy Cliff’s Sunpower Label 4-21-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

Firstly, thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes that you sent Lily’s way.  This week we began with two sets of glorious ska that included a never before played on the Bovine Ska track from Eric Monty Morris entitled, “Let Them Walk and Talk.”  Our mento set began with a one of the many Naaman Lee produced tracks that he also performs on, ” Jamaica Mento No. 1,” and Lily put together a fantastic reggae set which we dedicated to Philadelphia-born free jazz musicians, Giuseppi Logan and Henry Grimes who passed away last week.  Our label spotlight has been long in development as we looked at the Sunpower label which was produced by none other than the great, Jimmy Cliff OM.  Amazing reggaes on this spotlight from Freddie McKay, Nora Dean, and of course, Jimmy himself!  Lily and I send you prayers for good health and peace during this scary time. XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: The Dawn Label 4-14-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

We send you love and good health wishes this week. We lost another two wonderful talents recently as singers: Eddie Parkins of famed Jamaican rhythm and blues duo, Alton and Eddie and prolific solo artist and singer with The Clarendonians, Hubert Lee. We honored both Eddie and Hubert in the first hour of this week’s program and we extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones during this difficult time. We also dedicated our mento set this week to all of the essential workers who are keeping us safe and healthy during this pandemic that has claimed so many people around the world. During the second hour we produced a spotlight on the small but vital mid-70s reggae label, Dawn. Fantastic cuts on that spotlight from Lloyd Robinson, Bim Bam and Clover and The Village Bunch. Please stay safe during this crisis. Much love and good health to you all. Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Linford Anderson Memorial 4-7-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

After last week’s show we received the very hard news that the brilliant sound engineer, producer, and deejay, Linford Anderson, a.k.a. Andy Capp, passed away from a longtime illness on March 16th  at the age of 78.  The amount of essential Jamaican music that Linford had a hand in is staggering and for this week’s show we tried to honor his legacy by playing cuts, some of which are among the most iconic songs recorded during its time.  “54-46” by The Maytals, “Young Generation” by Desmond Dekker and the list goes on and on.  You’ll hear some of Linford’s best early production with Lee Scratch Perry as well Linford’s engineering of some amazing work from producers: Winston Riley, Derrick Harriott,  and Sir JJ. We extend our deepest sympathies to Linford’s family, friends, and many many collaborators.  A true giant has left us. Please stay safe and healthy friends.  Love, Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: A Memorial for Bob, Apple, and Delroy 3-31-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

We very much hope that you are staying healthy and strong during these hard days. Last week we sadly lost three distinct talents who shaped Jamaican music over their careers. We first lost Albert “Apple” Gabriel of Israel Vibration on March 23rd, and on March 27th, we heard about the passing of both Jamaican-born UK singer and songwriter, Delroy Washington, and a man who we and many consider one of the greatest composers in Jamaican music history, Bob Andy. We did our best to give our respects to these three men during this week’s show and we wish that we could have played more from each from their storied careers. It is our hope that this show serves as not only a tribute, but as a way for you to begin to explore each of their catalogs on your own going forward. We extend our deepest respects to the family and friends of Bob, Delroy, and Apple. Rest in power. Love, Generoso and Lily