George Henry - Jamaica Nice
Wayne Smith in Jammy’s Yard. In 1985 he released the revolutionary track ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ - the first fully-digital hit, produced by King Jammy.
The riddim itself is apparently an attempt to recreate Eddie Cochran’s ‘Somethin’ Else.’ It is a pattern found in the Casio MT-40 home keyboard.
After the riddim was brought to the studio and Jammy heard it, he then placed a clap on it. Sleng Teng is among the most versioned of Jamaican riddims, listing around 380 versions.
Wayne Smith - Under Mi Sleng Teng »
Jeffrey Osborne - Reasons
Freddie of Killamanjaro
Vybz Kartel | “Beautiful Girl” (Unofficial Video)
From Noisey: While making a documentary on The Gully Queens of New Kingston, a growing community of gay and transgender youth living in the Jamaican capital’s storm drain system on Trafalgar Road, we met people that had been driven below the depths of the city by desperation. This unique community has found solace in the lyrics of street life and struggle of the recently incarcerated singer Vybz Kartel, a national hero of sorts and considered “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” by many.
Fun and clever subversion aside, NO PERSON (whether straight, gay, bisexual, transgendered, drug addicted or mentally ill) should be living on the road, much less a gully. Yeah, it gets complicated and this isn’t a political blog but the one of the greatest markers of a society is how it treats its disenfranchised. Current status considered, I’m not sure Jamaica would even muster a ‘D’ for effort.