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Riddim Driven...Sound Travels

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I think it's fair to say that most of you know that I've got a weakness for reggae. Well, Sound Travels is running riddims, version to version this week and celebrating a tradition in reggae that goes back to the very start of reggae. A tradition that continues to this day that acknowledges and celebrates the importance of the producer and the instrumental part of a reggae tune.

It's not just producers that contribute to a good riddim, but also the number and quality of the deejays (aka MC) that makes a classic riddim. When the riddim is a good one, it keeps coming back, like a classic hit with different deejays 'voicing' on the version. Today's riddim is the Stagalag Riddim, a reinterpretation of an even more classic OG riddim called Stalag. The riddim was produced by one of Jamaica's finest, Prince Jammy; and I've also got the older version of the riddim as well as a more modern take on it with both classic and newer, up-and-coming deejays on the riddim. Here's the mix of the riddim I had for the radio...

Stagalag Riddim Minimix

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Tracks:

Johnny Osbourne "What A La La"

Half Pint "Mr. Landlord"

Wayne Smith "Come Along"

Busy Signal "Hi Grade"

Demarco "Skull Inna Belly"

Dennis Brown "The Exit"

And, here's the video from the Stagalag 2010 mix that recently came out from Juke Boxx Records...