Sampling (the act of taking a portion, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.) within the realms of recorded music has been around for a very long time; it’s nothing new. This blog post will feature a few samples I’ve noticed over the years and would now like to share.
This current post will be dedicated to a few songs in the genre of reggae music while subsequent posts will vary with regard to genre.
Here it goes!
“Kingston Be Wise” by Protoje. This song was released on Protoje’s Sophomore Album “The 8 Year Affair” in early 2013. When first I heard the chune (yes chune) it was clearer than Kartel’s skin to me that the music was a spruced version of the Ini Kamoze song “England Be Nice“ from his 1984 Album “Statement.”
The introductory drum roll on the Protoje track “Hail Ras Tafari” also from “The 8 Year Affair,” was sampled from the introduction to The Congos (reggae group popular in the 70’s and 80’s) song “Sodom and Gomorrow.
“Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx. Released on the Rootsman Riddim in 2013, this bass laced track was sampled from another Ini Kamoze song entitled “Wings With Me” on his self titled 1984 LP.
“Master Has Come Back” by Damian Marley. The lyrical genius that is Jr. Gong on his 2005 critically acclaimed album “Welcome To Jamrock,”sampled the hook of the track Master Has Come Back from a former member of his father’s band “The Wailers” i.e. Bunny Wailer. The track sampled was “Bide Up” which appeared on Wailer’s debut solo project in 1976 “Blackheart Man.”
“One Love” by Sizzla. The ever present Rastafari toaster (singer/dj) sampled the track “I Love King Selassie” of legendary reggae group Black Uhuru off their 1981 project “Black Sound Of Freedom” for the “One Love” track which featured on his 2006 album “Waterhouse Redemption.