Happy Thanksgiving Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends!
We wish you all good health and peace on this Thanksgiving. For our celebration of the foodiest of holidays this year, we took a look at some of the items that you can find on a breakfast or dinner plate in Jamaica, and as we discussed these tasty traditional items, we of course played ska, rocksteady, and reggae cuts about these meals like Pat Rhoden’s and Winston Groovy’s 1971 track, “Samething For Breakfast,” and The Gaylads’ 1966 gem for Coxsone, “Dinner For Two,” and Jackie Edwards, “A Dinner For One,” just to name a few. So, dance, eat, and smile! XO Generoso and Lily
Back on October 31st, the man who first embodied the iconic character of James Bond, Sir Sean Connery, passed away at the age of 90. As we are huge fans of Sir Sean and Bond, and as Bond had a huge influence on Jamaica and vice versa, we wanted as our tribute to not only play the many skas, rocksteadys and reggaes dedicated to Ian Fleming’s hero, but also discuss the connection between the Bond books, films and the island. On our show this week you can hear the tracks like Bobby Aitken’s “Thunderball Ska,” as well as Tommy McCook’s 1966 homage to Goldfinger and many more tributes to 007! Rest in peace Sir Sean XO Generoso and Lily
This week’s show is inspired by and dedicated to our dear friend, Frank Shefton, whom many of you knew as Captain Al of The R&B Jukebox at our old station, WMBR. Sadly, Frank passed last week after a long illness at the age of 71. Frank was a kind and talented man who not only played the soul music we all love for four decades at WMBR, but he was also a fine playwright who loved the theater. Many years ago, Lily and I began the habit of sharing with Frank Jamaican covers of soul classics and after sending him a cover of The Miracles “Save Me” which he loved, we met up one Sunday and talked of The Chi-Lites and all of the amazing reggae covers of their songs. So, to honor Frank, we have selected all of our favorite Jamaican covers of The Chi-Lites as a tribute to him and his dedication to keeping the soul flame alive. Our respects go out to Frank’s wife, Cecelia and his children. Rest in peace, Frank XO Generoso and Lily
Happy Halloween Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends!
Our theme for this year’s Halloween Spectacular is on our love of insect and small creature horror films! So tonight, we gathered together a wicked collection of Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae cuts about flies, fleas, spiders, and bees, and then talked about some of our favorite films about these . We got Prince Buster singing a ska about “The Spider and the Fly” for his Voice of the People label in 1963, the Hot Rod All Stars’ 1970 reggae on the Black Scorpion. and even Trinity and his 1983 Willie Lindo produced cut, The Boll Weevil Rock. We hope that you find this a super silly, occasionally cinematic, and musically spooky two hours to light up your Halloween! Trick or treat friends XOXO Generoso and Lily