Am I Black Enough for You?: Jamaican Songs of Freedom

Am I Black Enough for You?: Jamaican Songs of Freedom

     
 

Black pride and cultural awareness were exploding across the globe in the '70s, from soul and funk rave-ups in the U.S. to Afrobeat and highlife workouts in Africa and finally to reggae meditations in Jamaica, ground zero for the Trojan collection Am I Black Enough for You? Jamaican Songs of Freedom 1970-1979. A slightly different stripped-down mix of See more details below

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Black pride and cultural awareness were exploding across the globe in the '70s, from soul and funk rave-ups in the U.S. to Afrobeat and highlife workouts in Africa and finally to reggae meditations in Jamaica, ground zero for the Trojan collection Am I Black Enough for You? Jamaican Songs of Freedom 1970-1979. A slightly different stripped-down mix of Ken Boothe's classic (and hauntingly paranoid) reading of Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black" leads off the set. Covers of U.S. soul tunes have always been popular with Jamaican crowds and artists, yet the resonance between the two black communities is particularly high here, as Jamaica's independence in the early '60s coincided with the peak momentum of the civil rights movement in the U.S. The Chosen Few, from Jamaica but based for a brief time in Miami, deliver a delicious synth intro to their cover of Billy Paul's "Am I Black Enough for You," and Derrick Harriott glides effortlessly across Eddie Kendricks' classic falsetto in his version of the Temptations' "Message from a Blackman." With their own history of slavery and a deep history of identification with African roots, especially with regard to Rastafarianism, Jamaica's black pride wasn't a mirror of America's Afro-American zeitgeist. The best tracks on Am I Black Enough for You? are homegrown: the Heptones anthem "Black On Black (Be a Man)," "Black Man's World" by Alton Ellis, and Bob Andy's "Fire Burning" are just a few examples. A few choice rarities, including the little-heard "Black Oppressor" from Leo Simpson and "Don't Call Me Nigger" from the Soul Twins, round out this inspired set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768050327
catalogNumber:
80503

Tracks

  1. Is It Because I'm Black  - Ken Boothe
  2. Black a Kill Black  - Gregory Isaacs
  3. Am I Black Enough for You  -  Chosen Few
  4. Message from a Blackman
  5. Black on Black (Be a Man)
  6. Equal Rights  - Dennis Brown
  7. Africa Is for Black Man
  8. Black and Proud  -  I-Roy
  9. Arise Blackman  - Peter Tosh
  10. Blackman Time  -  I-Roy
  11. Black Man's Word
  12. Macabee Version  - Max Romeo
  13. Botheration  -  Justin Hinds & the Dominoes
  14. Fire Burning
  15. In Dis Ya Time  - Ronnie Davis
  16. Don't Call Me Nigger
  17. Black Man's Time
  18. Black Oppressor  - Leo Simpson
  19. History  -  Carlton Jackson
  20. Proud to Be Black (AKA Be a Man)  - Frankie Jones
  21. Born to Be Black (Reprise)  - Tapper Zukie

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Alton Ellis   Composer
Justin Hinds   Composer
Max Romeo   Composer
Joe Gibbs   Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Clancy Eccles   Composer,Producer
Linval Thompson   Composer,Producer
Duke Reid   Producer
Lloyd Charmers   Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness   Producer
Leon Huff   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer,Producer
Syl Johnson   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer,Producer
Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Tapper Zukie   Producer
Peter Weston   Producer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett   Creative Coordinator
Derrick Harriott   Producer
Harry Johnson   Producer
Llewellyn   Composer
Roy Reid   Composer
J. Jones   Composer
Macintosh people   Composer
Carlton Jackson   Composer
Lee Perry   Producer
Stephen Nye   Liner Notes
Bob Andy   Composer
Glenn C. Watts   Composer
John Dawson Reed   Executive Producer
Leo Simpson   Composer,Producer

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