Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston (RocknRolla Soundsystem Edit)

by RocknRolla Soundsystem

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Blessed, with a bruising Otis Redding like voice the young Toots had been discovered singing in a barbershop in Trench Town. By 1973 Toots and The Maytals had their rabble-rousing bar-room reggae down to a fine art. Funky Kingston, recorded at the Dynamic Studios in Kingston for Warwick Lyn and on Island Records, ramps the soul side of their sound for one of the most uplifting reggae songs of all time.

Toots and the Maytals became a favourite of rock critics in the 70s and listening to Funky Kingston, it is easy to understand why. The muscular rhythms, “Toots” Hibbert’s hoarse exhortations and his slightly surreal lyrics appealed to the spirit of a more fundamental age that rock music had lost.

This rework is done with respect to the original by RocknRolla Soundsystem

lyrics

Everybody, give it to me huh
Hey Hey Hey
I want you to believe every word I say
I want you to believe every thing I do
I said music is what I've got to give
and I've got to find some way to make it
Music is what I've got baby
I want you to come on and shake it
shake it shake it baby
oh yeah hey
na na na...
oh yeah..na na na

Funky (x3)
Funky Kingston, is what I've got for you
oh yeah
Funky Kingston, yeah is what I've got for you
Funky Kingston
oh yeah

Lemme hear your funky guitar
yo reggae
hear the piano, stick it to me

watch me now
you watch me now
Playing from east to west yeah
I just play from north to south, yeah
I love black America
people keep on asking me for
Funky Kingston
But I ain't got none
somebody take it away from me

credits

released June 30, 2016
Songwriter: FREDERICK HIBBERT

Editors: ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM

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