Love On The Rock!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

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Jamaicans have always had a way with words. Little surprise, then, that performers on The Rock have mastered the language of love. From Beres to Buju, Capleton to Sizzla Kalonji, reggae and dancehall have, in their own right, beautifully and poignantly opined on love!

Waiting In Vain/Could You Be Loved/One Love - Bob Marley

Bob Marley is the all-time greatest, so naturally there was no way for us to just choose one. Besides, there were as many women as there were songs so there's plenty to go around… tracks, that is!

Wanna Be Loved - Buju Banton

Among the most celebrated reggae albums of all time, Buju Banton's Til Shiloh was an instant classic. With that charismatic swagger, signature scowl and, of course, that ever-present rastaman charm Buju opined on what it meant to be loved.

“Wanna be loved

Not for who you think I am

Nor what you want me to be

Could you love me for me?

Real love, with no strings attached

I wanna give you my heart

Don't want to take it back

And this is my chat (cho!)”

Feel Good - Beres Hammond

I Feel Good when you wrapped up in my arms dancing to a reggae song… you feel like velvet rubbing oer my skin and when your hair dances under my chin, wish we were alone baby, just the two of us…”

Definitely the King of Lovers' Rock, Beres has given us lots of ear candy. Feel Good, though, is one for the books - painting a scenario of rub-a-dub in the dance, it gives one that certain feeling of desirability.

Warrior Love - Etana

Conscious and easy, the singer praises her African King for his guidance and protection:

“I can walk the world without a fear

I can hold my head high without a care

And I can fight the world…

With your love as my weapon.”

She's Royal - Tarrus Riley

Naturalistas and empresses came front and centre as 'Singy Singy' himself celebrated the female form on this track. Its catchy lyrics earned a place in the all-time favourite Jamaican love songs:

“And she's royal, yeah so royal

And, I want her in my life

I never knew anyone so one-of-a-kind, no

The way she move to her own beat

She has the qualities of a queen, She's a queen

Ooh Ooh what a natural beauty

No need no make-up to be a cutie

She's a queen, she's a queen.”

Telephone Love - JC Lodge

With a voice as clear as a bell, this British-born singer with Jamaican roots first achieved success with her 1982 breakout single Someone Loves You, Honey following up with Telephone Love. Her distinct sound and catchy lyrics have earned her a place on our list:

“When you call I feel so good

Wish you were livin' in my neighborhood

So you can hang up the phone and rush on over

Take up where we left, telephone in the cover.”

Mr Boombastic - Shaggy

Shaggy has certainly taught us the art of staying relevant. From Mr Boombastic to Angel, he's kept us entertained over the years with tongue twisters and catchy lyrics:

“She call me Mr Boombastic

Say me fantastic, touch me inna me back

She say I'm Mr Romantic.”

Mr Lover - Shabba Ranks

Shabba, all self-deprecation aside, certainly has a way with the ladies. But don't take our word for it, check out his lyrics:

“Well, if a loving you looking for you buck upon the right man

A love you hunting for you buck upon the right man…

It's Shabba Ranks, she buck upon

A going make you explode just like a bomb.

Every hour, every minute man, every second

Them call me Mr Loverman, they call me Mr Lover

I'm not gonna take it easy, you won't get away tonight.”

Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs

The late Gregory Isaacs became a fiend to love… he ached for his night nurse, brutally suffered and left fans in total awe in this ode to love.

“Night nurse, only you alone can quench this yah thirst…

Night nurse, oh the pain is getting worse.”

Love Has Found Its Way - Dennis Brown

The Crown Prince of Reggae, with his easy, velvety vocals, had an effortlessness about him.

“The moon shines bright over yonder

And it makes me feel so fine

I'm so thankful, so thankful, baby

That Jah has made you mine.

I'm so thankful that Jah has made you mine.”

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