Manilla Jeepney
Dark Skin Girls
7" Single
September 8, 2003

Artist & tune

  • Dona V - Jerusalem / JD Smoothe & Rusty Mac - Dark Skin Girls
  • Peter Hunnigale - The King Is Amazing / Sylvia Tella - Talking To Jah People
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It's always good to see new producers and labels appearing in the reggae arena, especially when they come up with quality reggae music as in case of producer Raul Calaguas and the "Manila Jeepney" label. The first two releases from this new label are double A-sided 45s featuring notable efforts across the original "Dark Skin Girls" riddim, which has been laid by Danny Miller (bass), Ronald Butler (guitars) and Sidney Mills (keyboards, drums). The latter also gets credits for engineering and mixing at the Living Room Studios in Brooklyn NY. The singer-deejay combination, JD Smoothe and Rusty Mac, delivers the title cut for the riddim, a solid effort with the soulful voice of JD Smoothe shining bright and Rusty Mac utilizing a deejay style that is somewhat reminiscent of Shabba Ranks. Peter "Mr. Honey Vibes" Hunnigale has established himself as a top singer of the UK lovers rock genre. However, more that once he has proven that he's equally at home with cultural songs and here he does it again with "The King Is Amazing". A truly great message tune well worth of hearing. But it's Dona V's "Jerusalem" who impresses us most. Vocally and lyrically spoken the singer, whose voice is strongly reminiscent of Cocoa Tea, delivers a wonderful tune. Can play this one over and over again!! Blessed with a stirring emotional voice Sylvia Tella has often proven that she's capable of delivering songs that make a more than solid impression. Here she does it again with the wonderful conscious tune "Talking To Jah People". It's a real joy to hear her sing over this very enjoyable riddim. So make sure you get these tunes!