Friday, April 22, 2016

Day 174 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Sister Nancy - Chalice

Sticking with the Full Up for another ganja tune but unlike yesterday's Studio One original take we're going with the Roots Radics reinterpretation coupled with some smooth lyrics by one of my favorites!  This one is called "Chalice" by the greatest of all female deejays Sister Nancy and it comes from a 12" produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and released on the beloved Jah Guidance label.  Nancy, born Ophlin Russell, was one of fifteen siblings and the younger sister to Robert Russell AKA Brigadier Jerry.  She got into music by performing with the Jah Love Muzik sound system and by logging time with Stereophonic with General Echo.  Sister Nancy got into the studio in 1980 and recorded "Papa Dean" for Winston Riley's Techniques label and went on to become the first female deejay to ever perform at Reggae Sunsplash and the first female deejay to ever tour internationally!  In the early 80's after a handful of successful singles and her first solo LP,  she started to work with Junjo and today's track is one of those... an absolute classic... ganja or not! 
NOTE - This is the live version from the Heartbeat album A Dee-Jay Explosion Inna Dance Hall Style and it is pretty badass!  The Jah Guidance 12" studio version will be included in the weekly mix.  I'm amazed that no one has uploaded it to Youtube before!

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