Marcia Griffiths & Tiken Jah Fakoly – Black Tears Remix – Donsome Records

Marcia Griffiths & Tiken Jah Fakoly - Black Tears Remix - Donsome Records

Ivorian reggae artiste featured on the remix of Marcia Griffiths Black Tears

Black Tears, a song recorded by reggae legend Marcia Griffiths and produced by Donsome Records, has received the remix treatment.

The remix features Ivory Coast reggae singer and songwriter Tiken Jah Fakoly. The single was released on Friday June 18th and the lyric video created by Sairplay was released on Wednesday June 23rd.

Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson, producer of the track explained his reason for doing a remix of the song.

“The massage in the song is a universal one. It is based on what our people have been going through for hundreds of years, so I reached out to Tiken Jah Fakoly who is one of the motherland’s most talented reggae artistes to help get the message out to other places in the world,” said Hanson.

Asked what Fakoly brought to the remix, Hanson said “Tiken Jah Fakoly is the kind of artiste that has been singing and fighting for the same cause like what we been defending. So, he helped strengthen the massage and with his fanbase worldwide, I know it will get across to different audiences.”

Black Tears is the title track from the roots reggae beat of the same name. Released last November, the project also features songs by Chezidek, Anthony B, Bugle, Glen Washington, Kailash, Tommy B, Korexx, Lutan Fyah and Perfect Giddimani.

Tiken Jah Fakoly has visited Jamaica several times since 1999. His thirteenth album Dernier Appel released by Universal Music, was recorded in Jamaica in 2013. His repertoire includes covers of songs by Max Romeo, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Marcia Griffiths – Back In The Days – Alpha Institute Dubplate

Marcia Griffiths - Back In The Days

The Alpha Institute, formerly Alpha Boys School, celebrated 140 years on May 1, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, Alpha Boys School Radio partnered with reggae star Luciano to create a dubplate special that tell the history of Alpha. Donors to the Alpha Institute during the month of May will receive a complimentary copy of the music.


A day school for at risk youth since 2014, and run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns, since 1890, the Alpha Institute is where many of Jamaica’s finest musicians and vocalists learned their craft. From jazz innovator Dizzy Reece, to ska pioneer Don Drummond, the rocksteady leader Tommy McCook and reggae icons Johnny Osbourne, Horsemouth, Leroy Smart and Yellowman, to name just a few, Alpha’s music training programme has made an amazing impact on Jamaican and world music.

Empress Time MIX CD by Jah Rich

Empress Time MIX CD by Jah Rich

The Empress Time MIX CD presents the best in female reggae artists from the old school to the new!  This smoothly mixed (and not rushed) live mix presents both classic hits and esoteric cuts from five decades of reggae music.  Selector Jah Rich drops 50 blazing tracks on this all vinyl mix, which features songs from Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, and Althea & Donna all the way to boomshots from contemporary artists like Lady Saw, Queen Ifrica, and Jamaica’s current breakout star, Koffee.  Selector and collector Jah Rich also selects crucial female tracks from the legendary producer Mad Professor in addition to heavy weight selections from the whole UK reggae industry.   Massive, one can’t always big up the ladies and then not play their tunes!

So, download Empress Time to play at work, bump in the whip, or spin at full blast in the party!  Worldwide reggae fans – download, listen, and share…Empress Time.



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