No Shoes Radio has been pumping new music into their rotation lately and it’s been good. One song that caught my ear was Sweet Jamaica by Mr. Vegas featuring Shaggy and Josey Wales. The reggae flow makes the head bounce and soul crave the beaches of Jamaica. Plus with a name like Mr. Vegas it has to be good right? Mr. Vegas was my nickname in high school. Nah, just kidding…it was actually mattress giant. Ha! Kidding again.
Clifford Smith, AKA Mr. Vegas, is from Kingston and began making music in 1998. He actually retired 2008 but decided to make new music such as Man A Gallis, Can’t Stop Now ( Major Lazer ), Mix Up Peggy, Wanna See You Move. Then earlier this year (2012) Mr. Vegas put out his album Sweet Jamaica. This album consists of two discs. The 15-song first disc focuses on reggae music and features cover versions of classic reggae songs, produced by Mikey Bennett. The 16-song second disc focuses on dancehall music. Guest spots include Shaggy, Luciano, Josey Wales, Nadine Sutherland, Dean Fraser and Jovi Rockwell.
Sweet Jamaica features Billboard artists, Mr Vegas, Josey Wales and Grammy winner, Shaggy. The video for the title track “Sweet Jamaica” was shot all across Jamaica throughout the 14 parishes and directed by Jay Will. The images of the beautiful island flow seamlessly with the catchy reggae beats. See for yourself.
Sweet Jamaica by Mr. Vegas
This album was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of reggae music and of Jamaican independence. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Mr. Vegas says “Mikey Bennett had approached me about going in a different lane. He could hear my sound fitting songs like Toots and the Maytals‘ “Sweet and Dandy” and Hopetown Lewis’ “Take It Easy”. We started recording, and it just felt like the type of music that helped set the foundation of Jamaican music. At the same time it is our 50th anniversary of reggae music and our 50th anniversary of independence this year.”
Here’s the link to download the song Sweet Jamaica (feat. Shaggy & Josey Wales)
Here’s the link to download the complete double-disk Sweet Jamaica by Mr. Vegas
Are you a fan of Mr. Vegas and Sweet Jamaica? I just made it part of my “Beach” playlist!