Ernest Ranglin – She Cute

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Jamaican reggae-jazz guitar master Ernest Ranglin is just so damn smooth, people! You get a groove like this and must wind up ya’ waist. A hip-hugging skank for lovers and slow-rollin’ street cats alike. Must hear:


Sam Mangwana – Selica

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Oh, how I had this in my ears this morning. The howling, anguished, pleading voice of a man; massed horns & trilling guitars. I watched the scene in my mind, feeling at the end the way one does at the close of a good book: wanting just one more scene, a dénouement, to hear what words could possibly answer a performance of this magnitude.

From the 1981 US release “Est Ce Que Tu Moyens?” on Star Musique Records.

Bembeya Jazz Band – Mami Wata

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A whole mess of horns, guitar, and drums. Vocals used as an instrument. Genius.

A ‘mami wata’ is a sort of African water nymph or siren, what they call ‘Mamadjo’ in Grenada.