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RIPower Garnett Silk - 20 years today

One of Jamaica's greatest talents left earth in physical form on this day 20 years ago today aged just 28. It is reported that the fire started after a gun hit a canister in the house causing a fire. Dunno who or why the gun was fired, however, all that matters to me is he tried to rescue his mum from said fire in the house and they both died.



I was only young when he died so most of what I know about Garnett Silk are how his songs made me feel. And on that note, I'm just gonna post some of my favourite tunes.



"Lord Watch Over Shoulders"

Love this song to the heights. Spiritual reggae music is the best. "You said I must love and feed my enemies and I'm gonna do it. You said I mustn't hate or grudge and I won't not even for a minute." Real.



"Hello Mama Africa"

Probably the signature Garnett Silk song from the perspective of a London-born youth of Jamaican parentage that lived in the 90s. Despite the levels of rivalry between Africans and Jamaicans, every Jamaican loves and sings out this song as their truth.



"Kingly Character"

Dedication to Haile Selassie. One thing that's special about Garnett's music to me is the precision of his words. Straight to the point whilst still creative. Filled with hooks, simply melodies and easy to sing along like most pop music, but it has a deeply spiritual message. That's the beauty of reggae music.



"Splashing Dashing"

Once again, accessible spiritual music. "The Lord is I Shepard I shall not want. He maketh me to lie in green pastures. He leadeth me to greener pastures. He restoreth my soul," is Psalm 23. Probably isn't that surprising, but you'd never know it, nor would you call it preachy.

Which reminds me, I was in church the other day thinking "Why do I need to be here when I can listen to reggae music? They quote the best parts of the Bible anyway." Here is an example.



"Zion In a Vision"

Another wicked song - this time about heaven or Zion as Rasta's refer to it. His vocals sound really joyful and dreamy which really suits the lyrics. Sing it as you believe it and we will feel it same way.



"Place In Your Heart"

Yeah, I favour the spiritual side, but you can't leave out the empress them cah king and queen born same time. So with that said, this tune here is a quintessential Jamaican love song. Straight ballad set with a digital reggae riddim fit for the dancehall.



"Complaint" with Buju Banton

Boom combination tune with gargamel Buju Banton from one of the greatest albums of all time, Til Shiloh. Supposedly inspired by overhearing two Rasta's having a disagreement on how to praise HIM. One thing that shines through on all of his songs are his pure and beautiful outlook on life.



"Mama"

Last one, this one has so much more relevance if the story of him going to save his mother in the fire are true. Either way, they both died in the fire, so they both left earth same time. Look at how the people are touched by his words. Looks like a scene from your local pentecostal church.

"Mama, you can depend on me now. Cos I've seen you've tried your best. Now it's up to me to do the rest."

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