Stur Mars – Alexandria, St. Anns, 1985
Featuring: Super Cat, Major Manzie, Buro Banton, Ricky Tuffy, Cutty Ranks, General Jah Mikey, Nicodemus, Junior Black
Selector Danny Dread.
“For a long time Kenneth ‘Skeng Don’ Black had a dream of creating a top sound system in Jamaica. Stur Mars was that sound. He rounded up two of the islands best selectors in Ainsley Grey from Kilamanjaro and Danny Dread from Studio 54 and some top notch deejays, most of whom are present at this session in Alexandria, St Anns. Danny Dreadlocks flings down plenty of pre-digital riddims, featuring Half Pint, Junior Reid and Frankie Paul in particular. Buro Banton hails up Sturmars as the new sound to rule every sound. Veteran Jah Mikey, yet another fine deejay who’s never made made that big breaktrhough, is, as ever, full of lyrics. Cutty Ranks, rough–house deejay in the making, and Major Manzie handle the mic well. Long talking Super Cat, also fresh from ’Jaro’ with plenty to say. Stands proud as a buffalo soldier over a wicked dub of Half Pints ‘Freedom Fighter’. This session was one of a series of warm ups for the official Skateland opening. Even so, Skengman must have been pleased with his heavyweight sound.”
King Sturmar Roots Hi Fi Skateland, Halfway Tree, kingston 1985
Featuring: Buro Banton, Nicodemus, Cutty Ranks, Junior Black, General Trees, Ringo, Junior Frost, Wayne Palmer, Tenor Saw
Selectors – Ainsley & Danny Dread
“ This session finds Skeng Don’s recently assembled Sturmars sound at Skateland. Super Cat is away in “foreign” so Buro Banton and Nicodemus are the main deejays for the night. Buro’s in fine form with his chanted “Praise Up Jah Jah” and a cultural combination with upcoming Cutty Ranks. Black Scorpio’s deejay General Trees passes through with the “Walking Rocking” style while Junior Frost displays his “Lyrics Degree”. Dual selectors Ainsley and Danny Dread drop tunes by King Everall, Sugar Minott and Tenor Saw, who appears late in the proceedings and gives us renditions of dancehall scorchers like “Ring The Alarm”, “Nah Work On Sunday” and “Roll Is Called.”
File is called Sturmar St Anne, but it is the Skateland one, sorry for the mix up!!
King Sturmar Roots International Spanish Town September 1985
Michael Prophet is special guest for this lively session from Skeng Don's Sturmars set.
King Sturmars @ Love People Shack Lawn, 7a Lissant Road, Kingston, December 1985
King Sturmar Roots vs Youth Promotion Skateland 24-12-1985
What a treat for the dancers at Skateland Roller disco for this Christmas eve dance. 2 of the heavyweight sounds in JA come together for a night of musical enjoyment.
This is the Sturmars side and it's a corker for along with the usual posse we get to hear veterans Ringo & Philip Frazer as well as youth singing sensation Yammie Bolo.
King Sturmars – Waltham Park, Kingston, February 1986
King Sturmar Roots Arrows Bamboo Lawn, Oracabessa 1986
Featuring: Nicodemus, Jah Mikey, Buro Banton, Cutty Ranking, Ricky Tuffy, Junior Black
Selectors: Ainsley & Danny Dread
This is another great session from Skengdon's mighty Sturmar roots. We join them nicing up the legendary dance venue Arrows Bamboo Lawn in the parish of St Mary. Things Kick off with a Yami Bolo selection and although he's in the dance Ricky Tuffy say's that "he's cooling out" so we dont get to hear him live. Cutty Ranks & Ricky Tuffy ride the versions well but its 'Mr Fabulous' Demus that does the business as always on this one.
Over selections from Echo Minott, Cocoa Tea & Little John Demus pulls out all his trademark lyrics like 'Ugly gal with mouldy arm' etc.
Very nice to hear from sound system veteran Jah Mikey who can still ride the rythm with ease. Buro Banton is also on hand to get the crowd shouting for more of his 'Horseman attack' lyrics.
Another nice session from this great sound and the sound quality is very, very good.