Ziggy produces dancehall album

Multiple Grammy award winning performer
Ziggy Marley has turned his attention to production with the release of Dancehall
Originators.

On this project, Mr. Marley is the
executive producer.

The album includes tracks by Chaka
Demus, Yellow Man, Buju Banton and many other reggae stalwarts, known to audiences
in the Caribbean and overseas.

This is the first in a new series
of dancehall reggae albums designed to pay homage to the groundbreaking artists
that paved the way for today’s acts.

In 1992, producer/songwriter
Phillip Smart, founder of Long Island’s HC&F Studios, created the scorching
Hot This Year “riddim,” whose bouncy keyboard riffs and resounding bass were considered
groundbreaking at the time.

It also inspired the durable and
popular song Hot This Year by the late DJ Dirtsman, which crossed over into
other radio formats.

“There weren’t that many reggae records
that crossed over to R’n’B radio at the time, and Dirtsman’s song went from reggae
radio shows to getting airplay in regular rotation on New York stations,”
recalled Phillip Smart.

He added that this put the song in
a different format and made it a favourite at clubs that didn’t play a lot of
reggae.

Because it so deftly illustrates
such an important era of dancehall reggae history, Dancehall Originators is a
must-have for any knowledgeable dancehall devotee, as well as more recent
reggae converts.

The Tuff Gong label was founded in
1965 by Bob Marley, with the vision of producing, distributing, and promoting
his music free from the constraints of the corporate label politics.

Decades before artist-owned labels
were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley’s vision was characteristically well
ahead of its time.

Now, nearly a half-century later,
his dream is being realised.

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