STILL RUNS NEW
NEW Mexico Reggae
Dancehall Charts, Oct. 2002
Culture & G. Nooks
Shall Be Free
a Bun Dem
Oct. 11, 2002
though we have a new numero uno, a new top-a-top, Steve 'Lenky' Marsden's
DIWALI riddim still runs New Mexico. Buju Banton's "Tra La La"
has conquered the pole position from Elephant Man this month, as one partying
anthem supplants another. The Gargamel sings: " I love it when di
woman dem surround me, a pure hot gal dem a crown me, tra la la, tra la
la, tra la la." Other new entries on the DIWALI, (the name being
derived from the East Indian Diwali or festival of lights, or array of
lamps; the light signifying goodness; the lamps indicating the victory
of light over darkness and of good over evil) include Rene Castle's hip-hoppy
"Feel It Now", Wayne Wonder's mellow "No Letting Go",
and another gal anthem from Anthony B entitled "Girl's Bus".
Four other tunes on the DIWALI from TOK, Bounty, Assassin and Hawkeye
bring the total up to record-breaking 9 entries on the riddim. One of
the most favorable qualities of this work is its versatilty, as the artists'
themes range from conscious (Bounty's "Sufferer") over party-anthems
(Anthony B, TOK,Elephant,etc.) to lover's (W.Wonder,Crissy D) ; as well
as from female-power (Cecile"s "Respect Your Wife" and
Tanya Stephen's "Touch Me No More") over bad-manism (Beenie
Man, Spragga) to the history of certain dj's ("Zumjay is my name,.
I come from Garden and Matches Lane.."). So big up yuhself Lenky:
yuh a real top-a-top !
As if that weren't enough, Mr.Marsden is also responsible for the second
hottest riddim on the streets of New Mexico, the PARTYTIME. The energy
god Elephant Man just barely missed the peak again, as other selections
from Desperado, Sizzla, Anthony B and Mr. Vegas continue to hold tight.
At # 3 we have a contribution from Sean Paul on 2001's BUZZ riddim. We
usually do not like to feature material from last year on a 2002 chart,
but as the BUZZ did not get much recognition here up to now, and the Sean
Paul tune has hit heavy rotation on a number of commercial radio stations
in New Mexico (HOT 97 KISS FM, WILD 106.3 FM, THE BOMB) we decided to
include it. If you get in your car and turn on the radio, there is no
hiding from this fine ganja tune. The BUZZ riddim is so refreshingly hardcore,
as opposed to many of the more r&b/pop-oriented crossover tracks that
ever DO hit the big-time (Tanto & Devonte's "Give It To Her"
and Bounty & No Doubts "Hey Baby" come readily to mind),
that the mainstream is finally getting a good taste of some REAL dancehall.
So big up Black Shadow !!!
On the cultural front, Lion Paw has released its follow-up to the massive
ZION GATES beat, the TRIBAL WAR. Louie Culture and George Nooks team up
to re-work this classic, whereas Warrior King rides the riddim, utilizing
a theme of the late-great Hugh Mundell : Africa Shall Be Free. The Calibud
crew has reconstructed another reggae classic (from the Heptones) entitled
ROCK ME, which we feature in the form of Terry Linen's cover of R.Kelly's
"The World's Greatest" at # 16. Rounding out this chart is a
wicked ganja tune from Tony Curtis called "High Grade", as well
as a scorcher from St.Mary's prophet Capleton on the Mr.Landlord/Hypocrites
riddim, produced by the infamous John John team.
Bubbling under is an enormous amount of new music. Red-hot, new hardcore
riddims include CJ's ENGINE, Rattler's DIESEL, Awful Music's G-STRING
and Shocking Vibes' GOLDEN BATHTUB. On the conscious tip my bredrin Shocking
Murray's "Woman A Yuh Mi Want" (a beautiful love song) on Germany's
Bazooka label is shaping up quite well, as are tunes from Capleton &
Uplifter,Anthony B and Terry Ganzie on B.I.G. record's new rendition of
the HEATHEN. ROCK ME as well as TRIBAL WAR both contain a number of contenders,
as does Kickin Music's re-creation of perhaps THE most popular reggae
riddim of ALL time: the REAL ROCK. Until next time, see ya ina di dance
: Don Martin