SONG OF THE DAY The Emperor – Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)

London’s Jazzman Records recently released another one of their Jukebox Mambo compilation’s, the third in the series so far in fact!  Since the release of their first Jukebox Mambo Compilation album in 2012, Jazzman Records (with the help of DJ Liam Large) have been introducing and educating many an eager ear to the delights of Latin-tinged R&B, Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds from the mid-20th century.

Their third offering in this current series is another corker which was released in October 2017!  The album opens with The Emperor’s Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough), a striking and seductive blend of jazz, blues and Trinidadian calypso which was originally released in 1957 on Chess Records’ subsidiary, Argo Records.  The Emperor, better known as Zona Sago, was a Jamaican-born, Chicago-based singer, percussionist and performer who recorded a handful of calypso 45’s and 78’s in the ’50s.  Check out his great Tough De Times above and listen to the rest of Jazzman’s third Jukebox Mambo compilation here. 

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