Irie: Best of Dancehall

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(This great cd includes memorial hits by Shaba, right, and others)

Never have I found a more intense concentration of Reggae hits crammed into one cd.

This captivating cd features classic hits past and present, which people not just in the Caribbean, but all over the world have been jamming to. The cd kicks off with “Hotstepper� by Ini Kamoze, which became his signature tune and his biggest hit in 1994, making it to #1 in the US Hot 100.

Also in this cd is the classic dancehall hit “Heads high,� which peaked at #1 in Jamaica back in ‘99, got to the top 10 on the British charts and made its way to several American radio stations and night clubs—it’s a real DJ favorite.
And hands up if you remember Shabba Ranks and his smash “Wicked in bed,� a song with a bass line that has become so familiar to all dancehall lovers. After spending most of the ‘80s performing with Admiral Bailey at the Roots Melody sound system, between 1989 and 1991 he released 50 singles and “Wicked in bed� was one of the biggest.

One more classic oldie worth mentioning is “Murder she wrote,� by Chaka Demus & Pliers. Chaka Demus has notched up a string of hits in Jamaica, working on his own and with others, but it was his pairing with the dulcet-toned Pliers that brought the toaster a series of international chart-breakers.

With Bang rah like rhythm, “Murder she wrote� became a huge success in the US. With a simple, yet utterly infectious dancehall beat it became a cross over phenomenon, achieving chart success in 93, it got played in both Pop and R&B radio stations. This cd also includes some more recent hits like the dance floor shaker “Tekk body gal,� and Sean Paul’s “Gimmie the light.�

As a bonus, this cd also features a never released song, For you, by Spragga Benz. Listening to this 17-track cd is truly a journey not to be missed; the many diverse rhythms will drive you to a state of bliss.

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