Saturday, January 8, 2022


Chart movement for Exodus BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

EXODUS, a 1977 an Island Records release by Bob Marley and the Wailers, rises to a new peak on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. It leaps from 10 to three on the latest tally. Exodus was initially a 10-track set upon its release 44 years ago. Among its tracks were Waiting in Vain, Natural Mystic, the title track Jamming, Turn Your Lights Down Low, and Three Little Birds. A deluxe edition was released in 2001 which peaked at four on the Reggae Albums chart. In 2004, a definitive remastered edition was released, while a 40th anniversary edition titled Exodus: The Movement Continues, was released in 2012.
In 1977, Exodus charted in several European countries. It peaked at number 21 in Austria, 20 in France, 11 in the Netherlands, 12 in Norway, 14 in Sweden and eight in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the set topped out at 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. To date, Exodus has been certified gold in the United States for 500,000 in sales, gold in France for 623,000, gold in Germany for sales of 256,000, gold in Canada (50,000) and platinum in the United Kingdom (300,000). Also on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers log 103 weeks in the number one spot, while Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection by Shaggy is steady at two. Look for the Good by Jason Mraz dips one spot down to four, while Set in Stone and World on Fire by Stick Figure are five and six, respectively. The next three positions are occupied by Sean Paul. The Trinity holds firm at seven, while Dutty Rock inches up to eight. Mad Love: The Prequel re-enters at nine. Tumbling six places to 10 is the high-riding 438 by Masicka. Nostalgico by Rvssian featuring Rauw Alejandro and Chris Brown continues to make ground on the Latin charts. On Hot Latin Songs, it rises from 15 to 13, while on Latin Airplay it rebounds from 12 to 10. Over on Latin Pop Airplay, Nostalgico backtracks from two to three, while on Latin Rhythm Airplay, the song steps up from nine to seven. On regional charts, Gypsy Tipsy by Tanto Metro and Devonte is number one on the Foundation Radio Network (New York) Top 30 Music chart. Ram it Ram by Kashief Lindo spends another week at the top of the South Florida Reggae chart.

Toots Hibbert, Jimmy Cliff named among favourite singers Sunday, January 05, 2022

British musician Keith Richards has named two Jamaicans — Toots Hibbert and Jimmy Cliff — among his favourite singers.
The singer and songwriter, who has achieved international fame as the co-founder, guitarist, secondary vocalist, and co-principal songwriter of the Rolling Stones, Richards recently named his top 10 favourite singers of all time and included the legendary, Grammy-winning reggae artistes in his compilation. Richards' decision was based on the acts he considers his favourite singers, as well as those he sees as the greatest in the industry. In the blurb attached to Hibbert's selection, Richards referred to his start by singing church choir and gospel music due to his parents' backgrounds as ardent Seventh-day Adventist preachers. When the advent of reggae arrived, Hibbert ushered it in with gusto and produced songs that people couldn't help but dance to, characterised by his throaty growls that helped define a genre. He also made reference to the 1968 song Do the Reggay, which is said to have given the name to the internationally recognised genre of music out of Jamaica. For Jimmy Cliff, the blurb noted that he was the only living musician who is the holder of the Order of Merit. It was also noted that not only is he a musical artist, he is also a film star, and cited his performance in 1972's The Harder They Come which Richards noted is credited as an important vehicle for popularising reggae around the world. Jimmy Cliff won his Grammy in 1986, the second year the award was being presented to reggae artistes. He was recognised for the album Cliff Hanger. At that time the category was Best Reggae Recording. It was subsequently changed to Best Reggae Album in 1992. Hibbert, who died on September 11, 2020 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew after a brief illness, has two Grammy awards. He won his first in 2002 for the album True Love and repeated the feat posthumously in 2021 for the project Got To Be Tough. ­— Richard Johnson

Celebrating Toots’ 79th anniversary of birth

Reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert would have celebrated his 79th birthday on Wednesday, December 8. In celebration of this event, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, hosted a floral tribute at his resting place at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange laid the tribute and gave remarks in remembrance of the late reggae icon. Representing the family was his granddaughter Cressida Rattigan, the vice-president of Toots Foundation and the co-exec
utor of his estate, who, last year, released balloons at the park. In reflecting on Toots last year, Rattigan noted, “In recent years, my granddad would throw himself these impromptu birthday parties. He just loved having people around and sharing good food and times with them, and they always showed up for him and his birthday. Grandpa, you were truly one of a kind, a real rock star, to say the least. I know heaven has gained a lot more rhythm and musicality to last forever.” Toots, the lead singer and songwriter for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals, was one of the genre’s foundational figures. A pioneer, he performed for six decades and helped establish some of the fundamentals of reggae music. A prolific hitmaker from the sixties, Toots’ landmark album , Funky Kingston, turned him into a global superstar, and soon he was opening for supergroups such as The Who and the Eagles. A two-time Grammy winner, Toots released his final album, Got To Be Tough, on the Trojan Jamaica label in August 2020, one month before his death. The set subsequently won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album that year. On September 11, 2020, the beloved singer, songwriter and frontman of the ska and reggae band Toots and the Maytals made his transition. The reggae pioneer, who had toured consistently for six decades and who was credited with naming the genre, with his song Do the Reggay, passed away at the University Hospital of the West Indies, St Andrew. He was 77. Toots’ manager, Cabel ‘Jeffrey’ Stephenson, hailed the man whom he affectionately called ‘Fyahball’ for his tenacity, his professionalism and for leaving a body of work that will thrill generations to come.