Bagga Case does his own thing on Mr. Banjo Man , an EP released this month by Upstairs Music out of South Florida. It contains six songs including the title which Case recorded during the early 1990’s while on hiatus from Home T.
A true veteran of Jamaica’s music business, Orville “Bagga” Case is synonymous with the Home T group which has been recording since the 1970’s. At times, he steps away for solo projects.
“It’s a special song for me. I’ve done a lot of songs but this one is really special, maybe because I wrote it,” said Case.
“Mr. Banjo Man” features Ibo Cooper of Third World fame and Robbie Lyn on keyboards; Stephen “Cat” Coore of Third World on guitar and Home T’s Mikey Bennett playing bass.
An interesting inclusion is “Beyond The Sea’, a ballad originally done in the early 1960’s by Jamaican singer Teddy Brown. Case said it has been a favorite of his since his boyhood days in Rae Town, a seaside community in Kingston.
The lanky Case has sang lead on several Home T hit songs. The best known is the Yuletide classic, “Mek The Christmas Ketch You in A Good Mood”.
He says there is a taste of everything for fans on “Mr. Banjo Man”.
“I believe we have some nice songs here…lovers rock, nice, soothing reggae. I think there’s still a market for this kind of music.”
MR. BANJO MAN EP
1. Mr. Banjo Man
2. I Choose You
3. Home Town
4. I Want to be Jamaican (featuring Ras Mandito)
5. Beyond The Hills