Little Roy – Bongo Nyah (1969)

“By the mid-’70s, Rastafarian themes were becoming ever more prevalent, but back in 1969 they were decidedly unique and not overly popular. ‘Bongo Nyah,’ however, broke that mold, one of the first to not merely contain an overt Rasta message, but to take it to the top of the Jamaican chart. Unlike the other brethren then on the scene, Earl ‘Little Roy’ Lowe doesn’t even bother to veil his lyrics, although he lulls listeners into a false sense of security by kicking off with a couple of lines from the nursery rhyme ‘Bah Bah Black Sheep.’ From there, he and backing singer Donovan Carless dive straight into dread waters, consigning unbelievers to burn in the fire and demanding to know how they can resist Jah when they have bald heads. Set to an irrepressibly bouncy reggae rhythm, delivered up with gusto by the Hippy Boys while Lloyd Charmers’ organ gaily tinkles out like church bells or even a child’s music box, ‘Bongo’ was irresistible. Overseen by producer Lloyd Daley, this was to be his Matador label’s biggest hit of the year, and deservedly so.”

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