Global A Go-Go presents:
Lovers rock is the flip side of roots reggae: it’s romantic rather than dangerous, sunny instead of stormy. It grew out of Jamaicans’ love of American soul music. They say all soul songs can be broken down into three categories: Beg, Scream and Shout. Lovers rock is reggae’s “Beg” songs.
The genre got its name and some fame in London in the mid 70’s (it was tagged after a record label which got its own handle from an obscure Augustus Pablo B-side), but the sound predates the name and continues to be popular today. Importantly, lovers rock was the avenue by which many female singers were able to break into the male-dominated Jamaican music business.
For Valentine’s Day, I’ll spin a full hour of some of my favorite lovers rock tracks. Also this week: the man who got Mali dancing the twist and the Madison, and a set of samba-funk from Brazil.
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Bill Lupoletti 96 February 14th, 2018
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