& SALSA RIDDIMS RULE NEW MEXICO !!!
The February charts pretty much center around 3 riddims: FIESTA, SALSA and BABA. Dave Kelly's FIESTA still runs tings this way, managing to squeeze 4 tunes into the top 10 alone. Upcoming artist of the year 2003 in NM Miss Thing continues to "Kick Up Rumpus", sharing the #1 position with the doctor Beenie Man. Baby Cham and Lady Saw's tunes on the riddim rose a number of spots each, while Elephant Man's "Bad Man" is brand-new at #5.
FIESTA is being heavily challenged by Christopher Birch's SALSA on Shaggy's
Big Yard label, which is represented by a slew of tunes: 7 to be exact.
The beat is a crowd favorite, led by the catchy Bounty Killer/Angel Doolas
combination and the poppy team-work of Shaggy & Rik Rok. I feel that
this beat has quite some crossover/main-stream appeal and wish the Big
Yard team good luck with the project.
BABA riddim, created by Craig"Leftside"Parkes (of C-4 fame)
and Owen Bassie for Shabba's Free Willy label, is the last in the trilogy
of strong contenders this month. Shabba turns in a good effort with "Just
Do It" as do Lukie D with "Have You Seen Her" and Vybz
Cartel with the tuff "Ban Wagonist". Yet it is the gargamel
Buju Banton who takes the cake with "Relax & Watch".
special mentions have to go out to Mr.Vegas this month, who occupies the
#2 spot with the smoking "Tamale" which seems to be becoming
quite a hit with the ladies on the dancefloors in NM.
of the COOLIE DANCE: it still charts in NM in then form of Cecile &
Carl Henry, while Ele's "Head Gwaan" and "Genie Dance"
just bubble under.
the rootical front the WHY WORRY beat amazingly dropped out of the picture
this time, yet I predict a massive comeback in the near future. This time
the re-make of the HERE I COME/REVOLUTION charts at #19 & #20. The
former Colourman tune is a re-make of his late-1980's classic "Kick
Up Rumpus", while the Nitty Kutchie/Roundhead combo is brand-new