Queen Majesty Riddim

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Bhangi Iwe Huru

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In 1963 an American RnB group called The Impressions recorded a song called Minstrel and the Queen written by group member Curtis Mayfield.
In Jamaica during the 60s, the trend for musical acts was to record covers to American RnB songs. The wailers were especially popular for their covers of such songs as Why do fools fall in love by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. However it was another group called The Techniques that recorded a hit cover of the song Minstrel and Queen, renamed as Queen Majesty, produced by one of the great Jamaican producers of his time Arthur 'Duke' Reid on his Treasure Isle label. This was in 1967 and rocksteady ruled the dancehall.

Throughout the 70s Queen Majesty remained popular in the dancehall with a number of artist voicing the riddim including U-roy, Dennis Alcapone, John Holt; many of the ruling artist of the day. In the 80s digitizing of older riddims was the in thing and a young artist seeking to make it in dancehall music recorded the song Roll call over the Queen Majesty riddim in 1984. The riddim was then reintroduced to a new generation with versions following from Michael Palmer's Pull It Up and Sugar Minnot's Nuh Follow No Fashion.
From the 90s till today many more artist have voiced this wonderful foundation riddim from Don Campbell and Luciano to Anthony B and Capleton. Even Heavy D got in on this. This is one of those truly versitile riddims out there a product of Reggae music's roots and creative birth.

How did I get to know about this riddim? I wasn't around in the 60s or 70s. In the 80s reggae wasn't allowed in our home and the 90s were spend listening to hiphop. I first heard this riddim in a movie called Rockers. In it there is a scene where a couple of dreads go to an uptown club where only soul music is played. Dissatisfied one of them rushes the DJ's booth and kicks him out and proceeds to "change the mood." Then the sweet, sweet riddim starts to play with the dread toasting over the sound of the Jays and Ranking Trevor's Queen Majesty. I'm talking about this scene right here.
Musical Disk from the flick of your wrist, as I would say.
 
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Horsemouth on a big tune, n they lock up the DJ cabin, cops come along n they end up dancing to the Tune, Best part is when Horsemouth loses his Motorbike n its Burning Spear who consoles him with Jah no Dead, GI is a bad Mechanic here, Big Reggae Movie can only compare to Country man.
 

jumabekavu

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Horsemouth on a big tune, n they lock up the DJ cabin, cops come along n they end up dancing to the Tune, Best part is when Horsemouth loses his Motorbike n its Burning Spear who consoles him with Jah no Dead, GI is a bad Mechanic here, Big Reggae Movie can only compare to Country man.
I love that part. 'Rasta tek over'. Cops come over to Horsemouth and he tells them "I man enjoy me self to de fullest man" hahaha. Alinibamba yangu yote
 
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