Monika Johnson, better known as Doreen Shaffer, is arguably the most active original Jamaican singer of the last 50 years. A founding member of The Skatalites since 1963, she has toured the world countless times, taking the legacy of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae music to the most remote parts of the planet, from the most underground venues to the most important festivals.
Her work at the head of The Skatalites is probably the one that will consecrate her and for which she will be remembered for centuries, however, her brief solo work, like this single which we are presenting today, endorses her as one of the best Jamaican singers of all time.
The independence of Jamaica in 1962 brought a musical creativity of which not only the island still profits today. The Steadytones, from southern Germany, recreate that golden age, making it tangible, audible and perceptible. A perfect band for backing the ‘First Lady of Ska’.
Great interpreters of the variety of styles that emerged in the 1960s, especially in Jamaica, but also in other corners of the world, The Steadytones take their “explosive reggay” sound far beyond the borders of their native Germany. Their work with renowned and influential artists as Stranger Cole, Keith & Tex or Doreen Shaffer, endorse them as one of the most appreciated bands nowadays.
The chemistry produced when Doreen met The Steadytones was registered in the studio and pressed in this single of exquisite production in which you can find two standards from the last century, taking them to their field and giving them a complete new dimension for our enjoyment, an indispensable release In the discography of any good music lover.
B. I Can’t Give you Anything But Love (Baby)