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Skankin Sweet Violin Cover By Samuel Toka | The Vibe Station VC

Skankin Sweet Cover By Samuel Toka | The Vibe Station VC

Samuel Toka is a Vincentian violin player of repute. This post features him in a live, captivating violin performance of Skankin Sweet by Chronixx. The song was produced by The Vibe Station, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Vibe Station, VC is a music label that features musical performances from local talents in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

About Chronixx, Skankin songwriter

Chronixx, who is really Jamar Rolando McNaughton, was born 10th October 1992. A Jamaican reggae artist, Chronixx and his music have been branded as a “Reggae Revival.” His lyrics center around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency (Wikipedia, 2020).

Skankin Sweet is a song that encourages us to use ska as a means to relive stress. Dancing to God is certainly biblical and is indeed a stress reliever. People of faith would dance a non- sexual ska designed to bring glory to God.

AFter listening to his live, passionate rendition of Skankin, I concluded that Chronixx has unexplored depths in his spirit as far as his Creator is concerned.

What is the meaning of Skankin?

The word skank conjures up the image of Jamaican dance halls, packed from door to door with revelers rocking to its musical beat. Skanking is a dance genre or style that originated in the 1950s/1960s Jamaican dance hall era.

It was associated with ska, ska punk, hardcore punk, reggae, drum and bass and other music festivities (Wikipedia, 2019).

Skankin Sweet Violin Cover By Samuel Toka | The Vibe Station VC

Played on the electric guitar, ska is associated with distinct, two four and four four rhythmic beats. After hearing the genre played by Jamaicans, the genre became popular amongst the 1960s British mods and skinheads (Wikipedia, 2019).

British youths also adopted and altered the dances (sic). Skanking revived during the 1970s and 1980s (Wikipedia, 2019).

Skanking is danced to varying rhythms, styles, speeds, and moves depending on the musical genre being played. When skanking to reggae beats, for example, the rhythm would be ususally slower and more restrained than the skank danced at to hardcore punk show.

American ska-punk bands have popularized a version of the skank in which the dancers ‘stroll’ in a circle around a center ‘pit.’ Meantime, they sway from side to side in rhythmic movements which synchronize with the music.

In my opinion, there is no strolling in the true skank. The feet must move. Let’s get Jamaicans and people calling to the deep in God to show these strollers how to skank.

Skankin Sweet Cover By Samuel Toka The Vibe Station VC

Ska, Skank or Skanking is a really emotive beat. The dance, in my experience and observation, involves simple to intricate foot, and sometimes hand movements

Originating from the bowels of the black race, the power of the beat and dance would carry dancers off into happy delirium. In church, dancers would move deeper into the Presence of God. It would be interesting to track the parallels between the Skank beat and musical rhythms that reemerged through African Americans (Mercedes Moss, 2020).

The Oxford Dictionaries definition of skank reminds me of the fast paced praise dance in African American churches

In my opinion, having danced the ska in worship, the Oxford Dictionary definition is the most accurate that I have seen. The skank is defined as:

a steady-paced dance performed to reggae music, characterized by rhythmically bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands palms-downwards. Oxford Dictionaries (2020),

This definition reminds me of the fast paced praise dance in African American
churches.

The skank dance genre is deserving of anthropological study. In my opinion, it would help people of African descent, particularly in North America and the Caribbean, to reconnect with their roots in AFrica and in their Creator (Mercedes Moss, 2020).

Skankin Sweet lyrics

Skankin’, groovin’, hallelujah
Skankin’, groovin, help me Jah Jah
Skankin’, groovin’, under pressure
Skankin’, groovin’

Under the pressures of life and it tough
Nuh stay down mama, time fi get up
Nuh bother with the downful style, strictly upful vibes and pick it up
When the bills dem, the rent and the mortgage due (weh’ mi chalice)
When your best friends are gone and its only you
Light up a spliff turn up the music

Skankin’, groovin’, hallelujah
Skankin’, groovin, help me Jah Jah
Skankin’, groovin’, under pressure
Skankin’, groovin’

Under the pressures of life and it tough
Nuh stay down mama, time fi get up
Nuh bother with the downful style, strictly upful vibes and pick it up
When the bills dem, the rent and the mortgage due (weh’ mi chalice)
When your best friends are gone and its only you
Light up a spliff turn up the music

Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet

For every pain there’s a melody, yeah
For every trouble there’s a harmony
That brings everything together
So make we sing together
And who say life nuh hard
And every man got their struggle
I begging you help me lord
Let me overcome my trouble

Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet

We skankin’ til ah morning come
Until the day when my troubles are gone
Hallelujah
We’re groovin’ inna Jah Jah name
We’re groovin’ all my troubles away

Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet
Everybody wanna feel irie
Forget your troubles and rock with me
You nuh feel how reggae music sweet, yeah-e-yeah
Skankin’ sweet

I’m gonna be skankin
I wanna be skankin’
I’m gonna be skankin
I’m gonna be skankin

Source: Metrolyrics.com