Rockers of Palenque vol. 1 – With King Kong, Little Harry, Super Black and Carl Dawkins, von Reggae Dub and Dancehall in Jamaica (2023)

Palenque Rockers Vol 1

For years we have dreamed of making a Reggae record with the artists we admire in Jamaica. This dream came true and now we bring you this new thematic series from Palenque Records: Palenque Rockers Vol 1. There are several volumes with artists like King Kong, Little Harry, Carl Dawkins, Foxy Brown and more surprises. The new Reggae revolution with your favorite label, the pope of good music.

We have dreamed of recording an original dancehall in Jamaica for years. So that dream came true and now we present our new Collection Series: Palenque Afro-Rockers vol 1. Blessed be the almighty Olodumare, we delve into this mystical way of building and sharing great musical experiences with great artists from the history of Jamaican Reggae. .

This first volume features King Kong, Super Black Carl Dawkins and Little Harry, all stars from different eras in dancehall history. This is a tribute to these artists we admire.
Dj ChampetaMan is a DJ since 1998, with Faraon Bantu Sound System. So we think of the artist we play and love in the dancehall arena. Then we think of the legendary King Kong, which introduces us to Carl Dawkins, Superblack and Little Harry. We had the great joy of recording these dancehall hits with these legendary singers, who remind us of some glorious and remarkable moments in the history of Dancehall reggae and Sound Systems.

Mystical music to get high and Irie, and some great Dub covers to get you high and keep fighting the Babylonian system.

Wait for vol 2 and vol 3 soon!! with more fire and more dancehall reggae roots.

These recordings were mixed by Diego Gomez (Cerrero) of Llorona Records, making excellent Dub versions for all true music lovers in the world.

Born in Kingston, Thomas first recorded as a DJ at Tuff Gong Studios in 1982, initially working under the name Junior Kong, after his father. His debut single was "Pink Eye". He worked with GT and then his own Love Bunch sound system and then recorded for King Tubby's Firehouse label, now singing in a similar style to Tenor Saw. King Kong's early recordings for Tubby were based on early digital beats and included songs like "AIDS" and "Babylon", and established him as a popular artist. The launch of his first album was shared with another of Tubby's singers, Anthony Red Rose, with two Big Bull Inna One pens handed out at the Firehouse. During 1986 and 1987, Kong recorded for several of Jamaica's top producers, including Prince Jammy, with whom he enjoyed his biggest hits with "Trouble Again" (the title track from his Jammy-produced debut album) and "Legal We Legal". ". Black Scorpion, Harry J, Errol Thompson, Ossie Hibbert, Bunny Lee and Prince Jazzbo. Although many of his songs had typical content of the time, several of his songs had political and cultural themes. He released several albums during this period before moving first to New York and then to Canada in the late 1980s, where he occasionally released material on his Conscious Music label. Tenor Saw's death in 1988 prompted King Kong to release "He Was a Friend" as a tribute, and in 1989 he moved to England and recorded with Mafia & Fluxy and Gussie P in the early 1990s. the 2000s.

Little Harry was born in the parish of Saint Thomas, Jamaica. He attended Bell Rock Preparatory School, then Hampton Court Elementary School, Port Morant All-Age School, and Saint Thomas Technical High School. He started DJing when he was ten years old, that is, in 1979. The first sound system he played on was the Black Lion, which played at the Land Top in Port Morant, he was 12-13 years old at that time. . The owner of the sound, Gogoil, was a friend of little Harry.

When little Harry went to a wheelbarrow derby and competition in Port Morant Square at a place called Cotton Tree Toby, the owner of the Aquarius sound that was playing that night let him take the microphone. It was a success. The following Sunday, little Harry had the opportunity to DJ at an Aces Disco dance held at a place called Prospect, near Blue Macho Beach. That same night, little Harry got a contract to DJ too much on the sound system.

In 1981, Little Harry entered the J.C.D.J National D.J. competition in the mythical Skateland. Although Yellowman was the winner of the competition, Little Harry was very well received. Little Harry and Yellowman became friends and were soon playing at the same dances. The record »Live at the Aces; Feeding in the Dance Hall" (1982), which featured Yellowman, Fathead, Jah Rubal and Little Harry, was the first time Little Harry's voice had been heard on record.

The following year, 1983, Little Harry began DJing Junjo's legendary Volcano sound. He also recorded an album for Junjo, a showdown album between him and fellow DJ Billy Boyo. It was released by Greensleeves Records as Junjo's biggest album at the time. Little Harry is the winner of the showdown.

In 1984 Little Harry moved once more, this time to King Jammy, for whom he recorded several songs. In 1986 he started playing for King Sturmars Hifi. And the following year he recorded one of his biggest hits, Anorexal Body, for Skengdon.


Best known for his 1970 hit "Satisfaction," Carl 'Ras' Dawkins was born on August 1, 1948 in Spanish Town, St. Louis. Catherine, before moving to Allman Town in East Kingston. The son of a local jazz drummer, Joseph Dawkins, he grew up in an environment where music played an important role in everyday life.
In addition to local jazz musicians, the young Carl was inspired by R&B greats such as Curtis Mayfield, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and Ben E. King and soon developed an ambition to be a singer-songwriter in his own right.
At Allman Town Junior School and later at Kingston Senior School, his classmates included the late Slim Smith and Jimmy Riley, who while still students formed the Techniques along with Winston Riley and Frederick Waite.
In 1967, friends encouraged Carl to audition for Karl 'J.J.' Johnson at the budding producer's shop on Orange Street, Kingston, performing a series of original compositions including 'Baby I Love You', 'Running Shoes' and 'Hard Time'. A session with Bobby Aitken's Carib Beats was duly arranged as musical accompaniment, and 'Baby I Love You' and 'Hard Time' were released on Johnson's JJ label soon after.

Throughout the remainder of the 1970s, Carl remained popular with singles by Johnson, Perry, Richard Khouri, Nya Keith and Errol Thompson, but stints in the UK and Canada resulted in a temporary reduction in his recording work.
Good 45s followed later, particularly for Black World Records by Geoffrey Chung ('Pluggy Brown' with 'No Happiness Here') and Harry Johnson ('Dreadful Situation', 'Something Going Wrong' and 'Problems'), with his debut album . , 'Bumpity Road' premiered by the latter in 1977.
In the early 1980s, dissatisfaction with the direction of Jamaican music led Carl to gradually withdraw from the business and move to the countryside.
Since then, he has toured and recorded occasionally, and his 2013 collection 'Hard Times' reminds reggae fans of his timeless talent. For a long time he can continue to delight us!

While the romantic track 'Baby I Love You' proved popular, it was the less upbeat track 'Hard Time' that garnered the most attention and propelled the single to the top of the local playlists.
Unfortunately, shortly after the hit, Carl was arrested for possession of marijuana, which led to an eight-month prison sentence and a temporary halt to his recording career.
Upon its release, he recorded "I Love The Way You Are" for British producer Charles Ross before returning to JJ's to record several tracks in the developing reggae style. Other sessions by Clancy Eccles, Lee Perry or Leslie Kong resulted in a series of good 45s, although it wasn't until 1970 when the singer returned to the top of the local charts with the magnificent 'Satisfaction'.
Recorded for JJ, the single became one of the top 45 of the year in Jamaica and was quickly followed by another huge hit in 'Get Together'. A third major recording from 1970 was 'This Land', which sold well despite being banned by the government for its scathing lyrics about the state of the nation.

YEAH!!! The great Ras Carl Dawkins!!!! This man is a reggae and Rastafarian legend. For those who don't know, Dawkins is an integral part of early Jamaican music. He created the song "Baby I Love You" with J.J Johnson and has also collaborated with Peter Tosh and The Wailers. His career was cut short in the '60s (70s?) when he was arrested for marijuana. He returned to the music circuit in the 1970s and enjoyed moderate success well into the 1980s. He is still considered a pioneering and respected legend of Jamaican music culture.


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