Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Burning Spear Studio One Showcase

Burning Spear released two albums on the Studio One label.  Those two albums are, in my humble opinion, two of the greatest records of all time and I do not say that lightly.

I've always wanted one more Burning Spear Studio One album. Just one ...

Sometimes, my dear friends, you have to do things yourself.

album: Burning Spear Studio One Showcase
label: Little Red
executive producer: grooVemonzter


01 This Population ( The Burning Spear) 
02 This Population version (The New Establishment) 
03 Get Ready (Burning Spear) 
04 Get Ready Dub (Winston & The Brentford Rockers) 
05 Wala Wala (Owen Right) 
06 Creation Rebel (Burning Spear) 
07 Creation (Version) (Winston & The Brentford Rockers) 
08 Door Peeper (Single Version) 
09 Ethiopians live it out (Burning Spear) 
10 Live it out (Burning Spear with Sound Dimension) 
11 Rocking Time (Burning Spear (Coxsone single version)) 
12 Zion Higher (Burning Spear) 
13 Zion (Ver.) (Sound Dimension) 
14 The Avenue Pt2 (Hubert Lee with Sound Dimension)

Burning Spear at Studio One


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Reggae singles

Reggae singles.

Doc, everything was OK until I learned about mail order...

Seriously folks, in my 40's I developed a serious Jones for reggae singles.  I couldn't get enough of them.  I'm glad I wasn't married hahahaha.  How much money I spent on reggae singles lord only knows.  But I'm so glad I did.  I love these likkle gems.

Larry Marshall

Claudius Linton

Garth Dennis


Larry Marshall center

Stramger amd Gladdy


The Morwells, Blacka, Flabba and Bingy Bunny


The Soul Syndicate Band


Max Romeo


Friday, March 13, 2020

Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians
Habib Funk 008

This album is killer.

I bought this particular record totally on a whim. I was at Amoeba Records in Hollywood one day looking through vinyl as I am wont to do.  They had this album on display.  I picked it off the shelf and sort of hefted it in my hands.  Double LP no less.  I gazed at the cover photo longingly.  Seriously folks, how can an album with a cover this great not be good?

The people at Habibi Funk call this Sudanese Jazz.

I call it murder.

Taken from the Habibi Funk web page:

"Kamal Keila was a name that came up here and there, coined the James Brown or Fela Kuti of Sudan.  When I asked Yassir about him he said that he has extended family ties with him and that he could set up a meeting. We spent an afternoon in Kamal's living room somewhere in the dusty outskirts of Khartoum.  His small house, where he lives with his sons and their families, is located on a little side street. In the tiny garden area he has a number of empty pigeon cages, a testament of one of his hobbies he actively followed until some years ago.  Kamal doesn't know his exact age but was born sometime in the early 1940s and as much as his age shows when he's moving around in his house he still lights up full of energy when reminiscing about his music.

In our conversation it turned out that even though his career seriously started in the 1960s he had never released a record on vinyl and that, apart from one album which still remains to be found, he can't remember about a cassette release either.  He did however record sessions for Sudanese radio.  In Sudan the radio stations were not allowed to play the recordings produced by music labels on air, therefore they had their own studios and invited musicians to record music for their program.  In most cases the musicians would not receive a copy of the recordings out of fear that they would release the music themselves.  But luckily Kamal Keila had gotten his hands on two sessions and had kept those two studio reels all these years.  Both tapes were in the most horrible condition with mold everywhere and obvious signs that they had gotten very wet at some point.  Much to our surprise they played very well.  Each tape included five tracks.  One with English lyrics and another with Arabic ones.  Musically you can hear the influence of neighboring Ethiopia much more than on other Sudanese recordings of the time, as well as references to Fela and American funk and soul.  His lyrics at least when he sings in English which indicates more freedom from censorship, are very political.  A brave statement in the political climate of Sudan of the last decades, preaching for the unity of Sudan, peace between Muslims and Christians and singing the blues about the fate of war orphans called "Shmasha"


Monday, March 9, 2020

Super Sweet Talks

That had had had moment...

I used to have a lot of records. I mean A LOT of records. One day I tried to count them all and came up with 7000 records.  I loved them but in all honesty I also hated them.  I loved them because seriously what man does not love music?  But I hated them because they were so so heavy.  Can you imagine moving with 7000 records.  That, my friends, is not easy.  7000 records weighs a couple of tons.  By 2007 my records filled an entire room and they had begun to feel like a weight on me.  A ball and chain tied to my soul.

My vast record collection came to an end during the period of 2007 to 2009.

In 2007 I was living in Miami Florida and the job that I had had had suddenly come to an end and quite frankly I just didn't want to get a new job.

That my dear friends was when grooVemonzter came to life.

In 2007 I set up a store on eBay under the name grooVemonzter and began selling my records.

I must say it was beautiful.

From 2007 to 2009 I lived by the beach in Miami and slowly sold off my records...

Yes, yes, it hurt to sell some of them.

Well, actually I didn't sell all of them.  I slowly sold off about 6000 records and that gave me enough cash to live for 2 years.

For 2 years I listed my records on eBay.  I shipped them off at the post office.  And I spent the rest of my time hanging out at the beach.  In a word... It was sweet.

But now it's 2020 and what am I driving at?  What am I leading up to?  What gives grooVemonzter?

Folks, I'm moving again.  And this is the big one.

Along the way I met a beautiful young woman who lived on a little island in the South Pacific and I married her...

Yes, that was a huge change of subject I know.

But I did.  I did just that.  I met a lovely young woman on a small island in the South Pacific.  I married her in 2014.  We now have two lovely children and we are getting ready to move to that little island in the South Pacific to live happily ever after.

And I'm selling the last of my records.

So, consider this an announcement.

I have set up a store on Discogs under the name grooVemonzter and I am selling the last of my records.  I've just set up the store so it will take a while but I'm posting more records every day.

Like this sweet record from the Super Sweet Talks

So drop on by @ grooVemonzter at Discogs


4 sale

artist: A.B.Grentsil and the Super Sweet Talks International Band

album: Mewo Road

side one: Atea Special / Sunsum Biara Nni Ho

side two

I don't know / Mewo Road / Odo Ye Anigye


A.B. Crentsil......................................Lead Vocals
J.Y. Thorty..........................................Drums
Tony Mensah......................................Vocals
Solo Mensah.......................................Lead Guitar
Tommy Sly Ampah.............................Bass Guitar
Prince Foster........................................Organ
Tex Korley...........................................Tenor Sax
Prince Kelly Koomson........................Trumpet
Lord Sekyi...........................................Conga

Ekow Tuyee.........................................Rercussion


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ali Chukwuma - Isu Bu Egwu

Ali Chuks and His Peacemakers International

"Isu Bu Egwu"

Editions Namaco ENLPS 41
year: 1976

side one: Isu Bu Egwu / Chinyelugo
side two: Egwu Ililo / Late Celestine Ukwu / Nwa Dim Uya

The Peacemakers International Band

prince sunday sylvanus said - R.I.P ali chukwuma. we miss and will always love you !

Ali Chukwuma


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

City Boys International Band - Obaa Sima

artist: City Boys International Band
album:  Obaa Sima
label: Rainbow Highlife
producer: S.Y.O. Safo
year: 1985

side one:
1) Obaa Sima
2) Onyame yedan wo

side two:
1) Meye agyanka
2) Bisa ofie nnipa

Call it an early Christmas Gift...



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

RIP Vaughn Bemjamin

The eyes are the lights of the body
Look into your eyes
See you are infinity
Somebody worthy of noble deeds
Jah inna I and I
Jah inna everybody - Vaughn Benjamin

Vaughn Benjamin has passed. 

This is a tough one.


Rest in peace Vaughn Benjamin.

Your music will live forever.

Rasta to the Bone.

Midnite Live Tracks - Vol. 1

1) In the Kindom of Jah (a)
2) When Them (a)
3) Israel (a)
4) Rasta Living inna Babylon (b)
5) Propaganda (c)
6) I Feel Jah (d)
7) Jah Ovah (d)
8) All Praise (e)

(a) Live at the Northwest World Reggae Festival 2011
(b) Veterans Hall - Santa Cruz, California 2009
(c) URF - 10
(d) Trinumeral Festival 080808
(e) Live at Ouside Lands unknown date

All Praise

thanks to youtube users:

I no wan no seat inna them wolfpack congregation,
I Rastaman still stand - Vaughn Bengamin


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gregory Isaacs Live at the Roxy 1982

The Cool Ruler.  The Lonely Lover.  Jah Tooth.  aka: Gregory Isaacs backed by the Roots Radics band live at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles 1982.  Soundboard recording.  Two LP set.  I was at Amoeba records and I said yes, I'll take one.

artist: Gregory Isaacs and the Roots Radics
album:  Live at the Roxy 1982
label: Radiation

"Just because I fell in love on a Sunday morn."  Gregory Isaacs


Monday, July 1, 2019

Gregory Isaacs - Who Cares

I've had this likkle single for a few years now.  I can't really remember where I found it but my hunch would be that I picked it up at Rhino Records in Westwood.  I don't know.  Maybe I picked it up at HiFi Records in Chicago.  One of the two.  I don't know.  Who cares.

artist: Gregory Isaacs
label: Silver Camel Classics 10" single
side A: Don't Beleive in Him
side AA: Who Cares


Gregory Isaacs



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Train to Zion Dub

I always loved this album.  Well, mainly I loved this album because of one riddim. But luckily the LP features three songs with that one riddim so basically I loved a lot of the album.  Anyway, I was sitting here burning some vinyl and I, just for fun, strung the riddims together to make a nice ten minute reggae groove which I have been playing on repeat for the better part of this nice sunny Sunday afternoon.

It's moments like this that I am overcome with the urge to share.

album:  Train To Zion Dub
artist: Linval Thompson, Wayne Jarrett, Ranking Trevor
songs: Never have a Problem / Money Problems
produced by Linval Thompson
label: TUFF GONG