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Encyclopedia > Lovers Rock
Lovers Rock
Stylistic origins: Reggae, Soul
Cultural origins: 1970s in South London, England
Typical instruments: Bass guitar
Mainstream popularity: late 1970s through 1990s in the UK
Music of Jamaica

Kumina - Niyabinghi - Mento - Ska - Rocksteady - Reggae - Sound systems - Lovers Rock - Dub - Dancehall - Dub poetry - Toasting - Raggamuffin - Roots reggae Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Jamaica is known as the birthplace of many popular musical genres including raggamuffin, ska, reggae and dub. ... Kumina is both the religion and the music practiced by the people of eastern Jamaica. ... Niyabinghi chanting typically includes recitation of the Psalms, but may also include variations of well-known Christian hymns. ... Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. ... Ska (pron. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... In the context of Jamaican popular culture, a sound system is a group of disc jockeys, engineers and MCs playing ska, rocksteady or reggae music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ragga. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Roots reggae is a spiritual Rastafari subgenre of reggae music with lyrics that often include praise for Jah Ras Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; the Emperor of Ethiopia. ...

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Lovers Rock is the United Kingdom's main contribution to reggae. The style originated in South London in the mid 1970s and came to be known as 'Lovers Rock' after Dennis Lascelles Harris' New Cross record label of the same name. The Cayman Islands are a Caribbean island chain, currently a territory of the United Kingdom. ... Timeline and Samples Pop genres Calypso - Chutney - Dancehall - Dub - Junkanoo - Ragga - Rapso - Reggae - Ripsaw - Rocksteady - Scratch - Ska - Soca - Spouge - Steelpan Other islands Aruba and the Dutch Antilles - Cuba - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Haiti - Martinique and Guadeloupe - Puerto Rico - Saint Lucia The Turks and Caicos Islands are an overseas dependency of the... 1966 in music Download sample of Alton Ellis rocksteady track Girl Youve Got a Date. Download sample of Cincinatti Kid by Prince Buster, a legendary ska artist. ... Aruba and the five main islands of the Netherlands Antilles are part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. ... The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and popular styles, ranging from native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock and hip hop. ... The former French colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe are small islands in the Caribbean. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ...

A style suited to the London reggae scene, Lovers Rock represented an apolitical counterpoint to the conscious Rastafarian sound dominant in Jamaica at the time. Rooted in the Sound systems of South London, the style had particular appeal amongst women and produced many female stars including Carroll Thompson, Louisa Marks and Janet Kay, who went on to reach Number 2 in the UK pop charts with "Silly Games" in 1979. Although noted for the preponderance and youth of its female exponents (Louisa Marks was just 14 when she recorded 'Caught you in a lie') the new style produced its fair share of male stars as well, most notably Trevor Walters. Subsequently, numerous, well-established, Jamaican acts came to try their hand at the new sound. Most successful among these was Gregory Isaacs. Rasta hairstyle Rastafarianism is a religious movement that believes in the divinity of ex Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. ... Sound system has multiple meanings: A sound reinforcement system is a system for amplifying, reproducing, and sometimes recording audio. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Janet Kay (born Janet Kay Bogle, 17 January 1958, London [2]) is a British singer of Jamaican parentage best known for her lovers rock songs of the late 1970s - Silly Games and a cover of Minnie Ripertons Lovin You. She has also had roles as a theatre and television... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...

Dennis Bovell, considered by many to be one of the main founders of Lovers Rock has brought the sound back for 2007 by also co-writing and co-producing the majority of rising British Reggae sensation Bobby Kray. His Debut album "Tales From A Skinny White Boy" which was released in August 2007, features the lead single "Silly Games", Covered by Bobby Kray, Produced by Dennis Bovell with Backing vocals by Janet Kay.

Lovers Rock musicians

Mento - Ska - Blue Beat - Rocksteady - Dub music - Dub poetry - Toasting - Lovers Rock - Dancehall - Ragga - Reggae rock - Reggaet├│n - Roots reggae - 2 Tone
Reggae genres - Music of Jamaica - Caribbean music in the United Kingdom
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Sade: Lovers Rock (2000): Reviews (475 words)
Lovers' Rock ranks among the finest albums of the year, as Sade, nimbly utilizing that distinctively smoky, vulnerable instrument that is her voice, weaves gentle yet insinuating odes to love and loss.
While Lovers Rock is not any sort of departure from the quiet ballads that marked the group's first three albums, there is an element of freshness that aligns Sade with the current electronic music insurgence while still maintaining a distinctly analog outlook on love's foibles.
Lovers Rock is her first in eight years, and guess what -- it sounds exactly like Sade, heavily influenced by Diamond Life with a bit of Love Deluxe thrown in.
Sade: Lovers Live (883 words)
Lovers Rock CD, and 2001 was even more exciting with her band's first North American tour in almost a decade.
Lovers Rock songs do tend to standout against the lovestruck classics as being thematically more involved with social commentary or motherly concerns, and I'm happy to report all of them sound a lot fuller and more dynamic live, as they're worked over with the extended band and more singers to boost the arrangements.
Lovers Live comes with a pleasant enough little booklet, listing all the tour gigs, personnel and credits, and is brightened by quite a few colour pix grabbed from the film that was shot for the aforementioned DVD - - a nice example of a little cross marketing and but tastefully done.
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