A country known for Reggae, Bob Marley, and good vibes, Jamaica has a rich history …
Rasta Mon Day [Rasta Monday] was created to celebrate Reggae and Jamaican music. With a focus on Rastafarian influenced sounds, the theme also introduces readers to Ska, Roots, and Rocksteady music. It is not centered around the Rastafarian movement or spiritual concepts associated with it. Do fulljoy the sounds, lyrics, and influences of the Jamaica’s unique music.
“Lloyd Daley was a teenager in the late fifties when he set up his “Lloyd the Matador” Sound System and his electrical repair shop in Kingston. His craft of building amplifiers was so good that Coxsone and Duke Reid refused to let him play their top hits. Finding it difficult to get the records played by competing sound systems, he began recording his own at Federal. He then married Deanna Deans (My Aunt), the daughter of ska pioneer, Eric Deans (my great grandfather), and set up a shop on Waltham Park Road. The ground floor was a vocal studio and record store, and the top floor was a beauty parlor run by Deanna. For a few years the studio was massively successful, producing acts such as Little Roy, the Abyssinians, Alton Ellis, backing musicians for the Wailers, and most importantly Dennis Brown.”
Hailed as a child prodigy and called the “Michael Jackson of reggae,” Brown was just 12 years old when he recorded his first album, No Man is an Island, which included the hit single of the same name. Largely hailed as the “crown prince” following Bob Marley’s death in 1981, Brown recorded nearly 80 albums over his 30-year career.
Brown’s 1980’s hit “Here I come” is said to be a written apology from Brown to Lloyd after leaving him to go and work for Derrick Harriott. They’re dispute was never settled and it’s hinted in the line “Love and hate can never be friends.” Dennis Brown was grateful for what my Aunt and Uncle did for him, but Lloyd never found it in his heart to forgive him. Uncle Lloyd left the record business shortly after, and returned to his electronic store.
With so much family history behind this legendary reggae tune, I felt compelled to share this story with the world. Fulljoy this installment of ‘Rasta Monday’, and tune in next week for another bless!
“Love and hate can never be friends
Oh no, oh no
Here I come with love and not hatred
surely goodness and mercy
shall follow I for the rest of my life
envy no one no wish to be with no evil man
for there will come a day
when you’ll be whipped by the father’s hand”