Reggae for Kids: Movie Classics.

Sarah Poulette

Reggae for Kids: Movie Classics is not a new album. There is nothing on this album that you haven’t already heard – Movie Classics is a made up of covers of Disney songs done by well-known reggae artists.Though it was released a couple years ago, this album just made its way to the World Music office. It boasts such legendary talents as Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer (Bob Marley’s Wailers), Arrow (“Hot, Hot, Hot”), Marcia Griffith and Dean Fraser (who both played with Bob Marley). More noteworthy are the songs they cover: “Beauty and the Beast,” “When I See an Elephant Fly” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” These are just a few of the Disney classics that made their way into Movie Classics.Some Disney songs lend themselves to the genre, like “Under the Sea” (wasn’t that already reggae?), but the best tracks on the album are the ones that have been completely reworked. Sugar Minott does “It’s a Small World After All” as a ska song, and JC Lodge turns the dramatic “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas into a snappy, poppy tune. My personal favorite is Don Carlos’s up-beat cover of “Zippidy Doo Dah.”There may be no surprises in Movie Classics, but they’re still fun to hear as a kind of guilty pleasure. Request to hear something off the album sometime from your favorite WRCU DJ. The sheer novelty of hearing well-known songs from our childhood covered by legendary reggae artists is reason enough to play the album.