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‘Fall In Love’ With Sanchez

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This week's Diggin' in the Crates takes us to the beautiful island paradise of Jamaica, ancestral home to your SoulBounce sistren, ill Mami and myself. Last week iMami made mention of international artists putting their spin on American songs, and that brought to mind a Jamaican singer who built his career on reggae remakes of popular R&B and pop hits.

Sanchez, government name Kevin Jackson, released his first single in 1987, bringing the island vibe to the Chris De Burgh ballad "Lady In Red." Subsequent remakes followed of songs by everyone from Toni Braxton to Ready For the World to Brian McKnight with mixed results. Some worked, some didn't. But it was his retooling of the Shai tune "If I Ever Fall In Love" that impressed many and landed on the inaugural Reggae Gold compilation in '93. Unlike some of his mediocre offerings, Sanchez's "Fall In Love" was a delightful complement the original, and you could slow wine to it.

Nowadays the reggae crooner sings both soul and gospel music and still performs in the states and Caribbean. Until his next remake pops up on my radar, I'm going to practice rollin' it to this oldie but goodie. Come down, Selecta!

Sanchez: "Fall In Love"

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6 Responses

  1. CLASSIC. All Sanchez D is classic, all his remakes. You ever hear Soon as I Come home from work? I think anyone who loves soul loves reggae, they both have the best sensual basslines ever...
    and its no accident reggae has always had some great remakes of classic soul hits

  2. @ Butta:
    Girl, you know I love me some Sanchez. I saw him perform in Jamaica over Xmas and it was amazing. He's been in the game for so long, yet his voice always manages to sound exactly like the record.
    Love him.

  3. you know what you done did right?
    I was just listening to a Lover's Rock mix. I need to dig that out again.

  4. does any body know where i listen to more sanchez hits

  5. Glad that everyone enjoyed the dig in the reggae crates.
    @ onesoulsista: Check out imeem for more Sanchez songs.

  6. Or go to NY and buy a best of Sanchez mix CD
    or google it and download it



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