Classics: Bob Marley Vs Funkstar De Luxe – Sun Is Shining (Radio De Luxe Edit) (Club Tools)
“Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move your dancing feet. To the rescue, here I am. Want you to know, you all, where I stand..” As many words which perfectly recapture how I felt by the first time I heard this crackin’ rework.
I was in Ibiza back then, spendin’ an extra few days by José Padilla. And pretty much enjoyin’ the opening of the festive season. We were outside, some time by the afternoon, next to the Cafe del Mar, where a DJ was droppin’ a few bits ‘N bobs. I think although I’m no more 100% sure it was the Ibizarre man – Lennart Krarup – behind the decks. But what I clearly remember is the shock I felt when hearin’ Bob Marley singin’ over some Dance/House vibes. The exact same impression which happened to be mine when I happened to hear for the very first time Stardust‘s ‘Music Sound Better With You’. This, also next to the beach, although at a party during the Miami Winter Music Conference.
I just couldn’t believe it at the time. Paying my props once more nowadays to Danish House producer Martin Aulkjær Ottesen aka Funkstar De Luxe for his brilliant rework. With the souvenir of the original recording of ‘Sun Is Shining’ which Lerry Perry wrote back in 1970 tellin’ us about the amount of its transformation process some 29 years after…
To the ones of you who might wonder about the presence of Bob Marley on these shores, we’ll try to make it as simple as possible…
First, the man happened to be a messenger. Being to his art, people and country what Fela Kuti and Gil Scott-Heron happened to be to their respective ones. But also because, like all the bass-driven forms of music, Reggae happened to be groovy. As a matter of fact, let’s not forget as to how Reggae got some inspiration from the latest R&B from American radio stations whose broadcasts reached Jamaica, and eventually the new Ska music.
That’s pretty much where one could find Marley. This by the time he relocated from his native Nine Mile to Kingston, Trenchtown. Most likely sharing most of his life at the time with Bunny Wailer who was like a brother to him. Then eventually finding themselves in a vocal group with Peter Tosh, Beverley Kelso and Junior Braithwaite. With Joe Higgs of the Higgs and Wilson fame eventually teachin’ Marley how to play guitar.
In 1963, Marley, Wailer, Tosh, Braithwaite, Kelso and Cherry Smith were called the Teenagers. They later changed the name to the Wailing Rudeboys. Then to the Wailing Wailers, at which point they to the attention of record producer Coxsone Dodd, and finally turned themselves into the Wailers. Their single – ‘Simmer Down’ – for the Coxsone label became a Jamaican #1 in February 1964. Meanwhile selling an estimated 70,000 copies.
Regularly recording for Studio One, the Wailers came to collaborate with famous Jamaican musicians. From Ernest Ranglin to keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and saxophonist Roland Alphonso.
By 1966 though, Braithwaite, Kelso and Smith left the Wailers. Therefore leaving the core trio of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh keepin’on pushin’ the flame…
The life of Bob Marley pretty much reflects the history of Jamaica musicwise and its political evolution. This to an extend one couldn’t be extracted from the other and vice versa. With the man givin’ voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. His biggest classics including ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘Could You Be Loved’. But also ‘Stir It Up’, ‘Jamming’, ‘Redemption Song’ and ‘One Love’. If not ‘War / No More Trouble’, ‘Lively Up Yourself’ and ‘Sun Is Shining’.
Suffering from an acral lentiginous melanoma (a skin cancer) since 1977, Bob Marley sadly died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami on May 11, 1981. He was 36.