Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Halloween Reggae Spectacular 10-25-21

Happy Halloween Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends, 

For this, our 25th Annual Bovine Ska Halloween, we started by thinking about the Jamaican myth of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall, which led us to delve deep into the religious and cultural arts of Obeah and Voodoo and how they have been reflected in the island’s music.  We discussed the differences between Obeah and Voodoo, and played some awesome tracks like Leo Graham’s “Voodooism,” which was produced by Scratch, Roy Richards’ 74 track for Coxsone, “Voodoo Man,” and Lone Ranger’s “Obeah Man,” just to name a few.  Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Friends XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: The Penetrate Label 10-13-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

We started off this week’s show with two sets of classic ska, beginning with a birthday tribute to Yvonne Panton.  We played her cut with her beloved partner, Roy Panton, that they recorded for Prince Buster in 1964, Sing To Me. We followed with a mento set that featured another beautiful cut from The Mapletoft Poulle Orchestra entitled, Farm Worker Man. We did a memorial for the late singer/producer/and record shop owner, Earl Moodie in our reggae set, and our label spotlight was on Geoffrey Chung’s Penetrate imprint. Awesome cuts in that spotlight from Jacob Miller, The Abyssinians, and Pablo Moses.  Have a great week friends! XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Jo Jo Bennett Memorial 9-26-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

Back in August, we lost the great Jamaican composer, arranger, trumpet & flugelhorn player, and founder of The Fugitives and The Sattalites, Joseph “Jo Jo” Bennett. As a boy, Jo Jo attended the famed Alpha Boys School and soon became an integral part of the bands, Llans Thelwell And The Celestials and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, before leading his own group. The Fugitives, who backed up many of the legendary artists on Gayfeet and JJ labels. After moving to Canada in 1967, Jo Jo would become one of the forefathers of the Canadian reggae music scene for the next five decades plus. We honored Jo Jo on this show by playing his work with the aforementioned backing bands, as well as playing his productions on his own Fugitive and Bunjo labels. Rest in power, Jo Jo and thank you. Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Lee Scratch Perry Memorial 8-30-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

Like many of you, we woke up on Sunday morning to the terrible news that the great Lee Scratch Perry had passed away. A true genius and spiritual man, we loved Scratch, and so, over the course of the day since hearing the news, we listened to many of our favorite recordings that were created by the man whom Keith Richards once described as the “Salvador Dalí of music.” We then decided to put together many of Scratch’s tracks that we love, and do this show this evening to help us deal with his loss which we know that many of you feel as well. God Bless you Scratch and thank you so very much for sharing your vast talents with us. Rest in power. XOXO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Anniversary: 1972-1975 Reggae Favs 8-8-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

This show is the last of our five-part celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Bovine Ska in 1996 on WMBR 88.1FM Cambridge. On this program you will hear our Top 33 favorite reggaes of all-time that were released from 1972-1975! Here, the deejays, Big Youth, I-Roy, Scotty, and Trinity take over, as do the experimental ideas from some of the finest producers of that era. Many thanks and love to all of you who have been listening to our show these last 25 years. Share your thoughts with us below and stay happy and safe friends XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Anniversary: 1968-71 Reggae Favs 7-13-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

Over the last two weeks since our last show, we have listened to over 500 of our favorite reggae cuts that were released between 1968-1971 (537 to be exact) and we selected our top 33 for this show, our fourth out of five that we’ve produced to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Bovine Ska in 1996. On this show, you will hear classic early reggaes from Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, and The Techniques, to name a few, and some tracks that might surprise you. Thank you again to all of you who have been listening to our show these last 25 years. Share your thoughts with us below and stay happy and safe friends XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Anniversary: 66-68 Rocksteady Favs 6-28-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

This show is Part Three of our series of five shows where we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Bovine Ska and Rocksteady on WMBR, 88.1 FM in Cambridge! For our last episode, we played for you our Top 33 Fav Ska cuts from 1963-1966, and so logically for this show, we had to select for you our Top 33 Rocksteadys of All-Time. The Techniques, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, Roy Panton and so many more of our most beloved artists are here for you. Thank you again to all of you who have been listening to the Bovine Ska these last 25 years. XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Anniversary: 1963-1966 Ska Favorites 6-16-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

This show is Part Two of our series of five shows where we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Bovine Ska and Rocksteady on WMBR, 88.1 FM in Cambridge! On last week’s show, we played you our favorite ballads, boogies, and early skas from 1959-1962, and so this week we dug through hundreds of skas that we adore which were recorded from 1963-1966, and from that, we have selected our Top 33 favorites for you! Again, to all of you who have been listening to our program for some part or all of the last twenty five years, we send to you our deepest thanks and love! XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Our 25th Anniversary: 1959-1962 Favorites 6-7-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

This month of June marks the 25th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Bovine Ska and Rocksteady on WMBR, 88.1 FM in Cambridge! In celebration of this event, we have spent the last month listening to and ranking our favorite Jamaican tracks of all time from 1959-1976.  We have separated these songs by time period and this week, you will hear our favorite ballads, boogies, and skas from 1959-1962.  There are many rarities on our show this week from this early era of Jamaican music, but there’ll also be a few cuts that you know and hopefully love as much as we do. So, have a listen as we go from #33 to #1 and celebrate with us. Thanks as always to all of you who have listened to and enjoyed our show these last twenty five years. Much Love to you all! XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Jamaica Covers Van McCoy 5-25-21

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

During last week’s Bovine Ska, we gleefully extolled our love for singer/songwriter/producer Van McCoy after we played Derrick Harriott’s version of McCoy’s 1972 cut, “Let Me Down Easy.” So, for this week’s show, we decided to go deeper into our love for Van McCoy by devoting our entire program by playing ska and reggae covers of some of Van’s greatest compositions that he wrote or co-wrote during his short, but highly prolific career. You’ll hear John Holt and Freddie McGregor taking on “Everything’s Coming Up Love,” which was made famous by David Ruffin. Also, Barbara Jones performing Barbara Lewis’ hit, “Baby, I’m Yours,” and Marcia Griffiths’ interpretation of “Sweet Bitter Love,'” which Aretha Franklin first cut in the mid-1960s.and again in the 1980s. And of course, one awesome reggae version of McCoy’s “The Hustle,” done by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires! Stay healthy and safe this week, friends. XO Generoso and Lily