Max Romeo, “The Love Of Money”.
Max Romeo (nacido Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 de noviembre de 1944, Alexandria, St. Ann’s, Jamaica), es un músico de reggae que ha alcanzado éxito en su país de origen y en Gran Bretaña. Es uno de los vocalistas más respetados del reggae. Pocos cantantes han sabido armonizar con tanta habilidad el fervor religioso del gospel, el desgarro del soul y los lamentos de la gente del ghetto.
Desde sus inicios a finales de los sesenta, ha publicado alrededor de diecisiete álbumes pero tan sólo por uno de sus tempranos éxitos, “Wet Dream”, merece figurar en letras de oro entre los artistas que han popularizado la música jamaicana en el mundo.
Pese a ser vetada en las emisoras radiofónicas jamaicanas y británicas por su contenido erótico, “Wet Dream” (en realidad un tema de contenido “social”), irrumpió con fuerza en el Reino Unido, convirtiendo a Maxie en la primera estrella de reggae, una música que por entonces era adoptada por el potente movimiento skinhead, un movimiento proletario de los sesenta cuya estética es hoy, por desgracia, un símbolo nefasto y alejado de sus planteamientos iniciales.
En un sólo año completa y edita desde UK sus dos primeros álbumes, logrando impactos más moderados con “Mini Skirt Vision” o “Let The Power Fall”, un himno de connotaciones políticas grabado con motivo de las elecciones jamaicanas de 1972. Durante la primera mitad de los setenta, Maxie se mantiene, aún sin conseguir grandes éxitos en las listas, con temas como “Eating Competition” o “Sixpence” que le convierten en uno de los cantantes jamaicanos que mejor reflejan la dura vida del ghetto.
En 1972 empieza su relación con los grandes productores de entonces, Lee Perry y Winston “Niney The Observer” Holness, junto a quienes graba algunos de sus temas más recordados: “Babylon Burning”, “Three Blind Mice” o “The Coming Of Jah”.
A mediados de la década, graba sus dos discos más cruciales, “Revelation Time” (1975) y “War Inna Babylon” (1976), éste último su trabajo más conocido internacionalmente con producción de Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Este disco en Island, le da ánimo para romper de malas maneras con Lee Perry (y, en general, con el negocio musical jamaicano) y lanzarse a una carrera en circuitos internacionales de la mano de Keith Richards, que le promocionó en una extensa gira mundial y produjo y colaboró en el decepcionante “I Love My Music”.
Consciente de que perdía su público más fiel, Max Romeo enderezó su carrera con el notable “Reconstruction”. Durante los ochenta se traslada a EEUU y graba junto al productor Bullwackie interesantes sencillos que no recibirán el suficiente reconocimiento. En los noventa, sin embargo, ha regresado de manera triunfal: primero de la mano del productor, cantante y operador de sound system británico Jah Shaka, con quien graba en 1992 “FarI Captain Of My Ship”.
Regresaba por la puerta grande a través de lo más vanguardista del reggae de esta pasada época, consiguiendo gran éxito en Francia y Alemania. 1998 fue otro año decisivo en el regreso de Maxie al candelero con el extraordinario álbum “Selassie I Forever” producido por los nuevos gemelos del ritmo Mafia & Fluxy…
Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 November 1947, St. D’Acre, St. James, Jamaica) is a reggae and roots reggae recording artist who has achieved chart success in his home country, and in the United Kingdom. Romeo was responsible for launching a new sub-genre of reggae with overtly suggestive lyrics. At the time of release of his infamous “Wet Dream” in 1968, Romeo had already had several hits with the vocal trio the Emotions. Romeo established himself as one of the most important figures in the roots scene.
Romeo left home at the age of 14 and worked on a sugar plantation outside Clarendon, before winning a local talent competition when he was 18. This prompted a move to the capital, Kingston, in order to embark on a musical career. In 1965 he joined up with Kenneth Knight and Lloyd Shakespeare in The Emotions, whilst also working as a record plugger for Ken Lack’s Caltone label. The group were unsuccessful in auditions for other producers, but Lack offered them an audition after overhearing Smith singing to himself while working. In 1966, the group had their first hit, with the Lack-produced “(Buy You) A Rainbow”. The Emotions went on to release several hit singles and by 1968, the singer, by that point known as Max Romeo, launched a solo career. Working with producer Bunny Lee, he recorded a number of pop songs, mainly love ballads, which failed to achieve any success. Romeo returned to The Emotions, now recording for Phil Pratt, and founded a new band, The Upsetters.
1968 saw the breakthrough in Romeo’s career, when he wrote “Wet Dream”, a song that became a massive hit in Jamaica. The track was banned by the BBC Radio in the UK due to its overly sexual lyrics, although the singer claimed that it was about a leaking roof. Nevertheless, “Wet Dream” became a Top 10 hit in the UK, where it spent six months in the chart. A number of follow-up singles in a similar vein was released in 1969: “Belly Woman”, “Wine Her Goosie” and “Mini-Skirt Vision”, as well as Max Romeo’s debut LP, A Dream. A UK tour also met with Romeo being banned from performing at several venues.
Romeo returned to Jamaica in 1970, setting up Romax, an unsuccessful record label and sound system, and released his second album, Let the Power Fall, in 1971. It included a number of politically charged songs, most advocating the democratic socialist People’s National Party (PNP) which chose his song, “Let the Power Fall”, as their campaign theme for the 1972 Jamaican general election. After this, Romeo worked with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry on an album Revelation Time (1975), which featured the classic song “Three Blind Mice”, an adaptation of the nursery rhyme with lyrics about a police raid on a party. 1976 saw the release of War ina Babylon, an album perceived as Max Romeo’s best work. The politically and religiously themed album included the popular single “I Chase the Devil”, which would become one of his most known songs. Shortly after this, the pair fell out, leaving Romeo to self-produce his follow-up album, Reconstruction, which, however, could not match the success of its predecessors when it was released in 1977.
Romeo moved to New York City in 1978, where he co-wrote (with Hair producer Michael Butler) the musical Reggae, which he also starred in. In 1980 he appeared as a backing vocalist on “Dance” on The Rolling Stones album Emotional Rescue. In 1981, the favour was returned when Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones co-produced and played on Romeo’s album Holding Out My Love to You, an unsuccessful attempt to break into the North American market. The rest of his output during the decade went practically unnoticed, with Romeo finding work at a New York electronics store. He returned to Jamaica in 1990, and began touring and recording more regularly. He visited the UK again in 1992, recording albums Fari – Captain of My Ship (1992) and Our Rights (1995) with Jah Shaka. He joined up with UK rhythm section/production team Mafia & Fluxy in 1998 for the album Selassie I Forever. A compilation album, The Many Moods of Max Romeo, was released in the UK in 1999.
Max Romeo still remains in active, regularly releasing new material and touring occasionally.
Max Romeo :
Gyptian – Lip Lip – Cranberry Riddim – May 2012, roots reggae from Jamaica, from the album “Cranberry Riddim”, available on iTunes.
Skarra Mucci, “Life So Rich”
Greezzly Prod. 2011
Xtrema Ghema Riddim
Skarra Mucci now known and hailed as the hottest live dancehall artist in Europe. After a string of recording, featuring and dubplates on local and international scene and charts, he is ready to take over. Skarra mucci is a Jamaican born artist, known as one of the most versatile singer of his generation.whit constant changes between soul, gospel, reggae-dancehall raps and R&B makes him uncompapable and his endless lyrical flow and creativity make his style unique and gave him the title “lyric millonaire”.
1er extrait de la mixtape / 1st extract from the mixtape.
Since 1999, Oncle C. sings with different reggae and hip hop crews. In 2002, after his participation in World Junior Championship in Jamaica, the country of reggae, the young French sprinter takes the way of tropical music. This West Indies recording artist offers a coloured music, with a Caribbean, dancehall and reggae style. Today, Oncle C prepares his new solo album, with some new musical touches, which will be promoted in a special show in Canada.
You can find and listen to the “Exotique” and “Classik” albums on Myspace or download in iTunes, Dezeer, Fnac, and Virgin.
iTunes for Europe : http://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/life-is-a-zoo-single/id444652756
itunes for America : http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/life-is-a-zoo-single/id444652756
Official website : http://www.onclec.com
Dub City Rockers, “Trojan City Love”, from their CD album “Peace Love Faith Hope Respect Co-Exist” on Moon Ska World.
The Dub City Rockers are a collective featuring singers, musicians and songwriters based in the UK and Jamaica bringing together hybrid sounds of Ska, Reggae, Acoustic, Dub Rock, Ragga, JA flavoured Rap and even some good old Skinhead Reggae…
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