Keith’s still poppin’

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Back in the day, artistes like Keith Poppin recorded tirelessly for different producers. It left them with a cache of songs.

Poppin has compiled 24 of his early songs for Vintage Keith Poppin’ — The Good Old Days, an album released in January.

According to the singer, several of the songs on Vintage Keith Poppin’ were never released in Jamaica. He tediously gathered them for the set which is on his KP Productions label.

"What wi doing is letting the people know where the music coming from. These songs cover my career going back to the 60s," he said in an interview with the Splash from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Poppin was born Keith Smith in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland but grew up in Allman Town, central Kingston.

Vintage Keith Poppin includes the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry-produced How Long; What Have I Done and Envious, — all of which he recorded during the 1970s.

It also has songs from the 1980s such as
Time is Slipping Away.

Poppin has released eight studio albums, the last being 2013’s
Speak Out.

He performs regularly on regional events in the United States, including the Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival.

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