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Text by Harry Hawks
Female reggae singers are rare and successful female singers are even rarer… Marcia Griffiths is the most successful Jamaican female singer ever. She is unquestionably Jamaica’s First Lady of Song.
Date Updated: Aug 16, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The ‘Original Front Tooth Gold Tooth Gun Pon Tooth Don Gorgon’… one of the most startlingly original and seriously contumacious dancehall deejays.
Date Updated: Aug 2, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Although female vocalists are not particularly well represented in Jamaican music Hortense Ellis is rightly regarded throughout the reggae world as one of the island’s finest ever singers…
Date Updated: Jul 26, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Pioneering singer and songwriter who introduced Jamaican music to an international audience in the Sixties and early Seventies.
Date Updated: Jul 19, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The Skatalites worked together as a recording band from 1963 to 1965 but during those two incredibly creative years they established the template for all that followed.
Date Updated: Jul 12, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Throughout his fruitful and varied career Cedric ‘I’m’ Brooks conducted a continuous lifelong musical investigation that defied categorisation and that consistently challenged and broke down cultural and social preconceptions…
Date Updated: Jul 5, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The Dub Inventor, was not only responsible for transforming the music making process but also the way we listen to and appreciate music in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Date Updated: Jul 5, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Count Ossie was the foremost exponent of Rasta drumming; his bass drum adorned with Psalm 133 ‘Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’. His presence continues to be felt as an intuitive act of faith demonstrating an unbroken link with Jamaican music’s shared ancestral and cultural heritage.
Date Updated: Jun 21, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Compared to a number of his contemporaries Delroy Wilson never seemed to be really respected or recognised outside of the traditional reggae audience. But he is one of the greatest singers and songwriters to ever come out of Jamaica… a country justifiably famed for its singers and songwriters.
Date Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The world’s top selling Jamaican artist Shaggy has achieved more UK & USA Number One hits than any other reggae act…
Date Updated: Jun 7, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
These ‘one hit wonders’ from way back when are actually Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths: two giants of Jamaican music whose work is inextricably entwined with the development of reggae music and whose innumerable hits stretch from the sixties up to the present day.
Date Updated: May 31, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Bob Andy is one of the finest singers and songwriters ever and his work, both lyrically and rhythmically, forms an integral part of reggae's musical vocabulary.
Date Updated: May 24, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
A consummate, professional vocalist who demonstrated, time and time again, that there was room for a versatile veteran amongst the brash, younger rising stars of the dance hall.
Date Updated: May 17, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Jackie Mittoo’s work at Studio One in the sixties built, shaped, refined and defined reggae music as we know it. He was not only an extremely talented keyboard player but was also a supremely gifted arranger and record producer.
Date Updated: May 10, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The ‘Crown Prince Of Reggae’, Dennis Emanuel Brown, was Jamaican music’s most consistently popular performer. Many artists achieve fame and adulation after their death but Dennis Brown earned an unparalleled amount of love and devotion during his life time.
Date Updated: May 2, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the foremost vocal groups of the sixties and early seventies…
Date Updated: Apr 26, 2017
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
The ‘Cool Ruler’ ran things for much of the late 1970’s delivering fine Loverman songs and equally impressive Reality & Rasta Tunes. Today he is the great survivor who is loved for his fierce independence.
Date Updated: Apr 12, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The most important producer in the development of computer driven reggae music…
Date Updated: Feb 15, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
A key player with The Skatalites whose beautiful saxophone can be heard on countless recordings… his work as a musical arranger and builder of the ‘Sound Of Young Jamaica’ is every bit as important but is often overlooked.
Date Updated: Dec 6, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Legendary bass guitarist, musical arranger and record producer who has played on thousands, literally, of Jamaican hits as one of The Hippy Boys, The Aggrovators & The Upsetters and has also produced hit records for his own Defenders, FAM’S and Cobra labels. Family Man is renowned worldwide for his integral role in shaping the musical direction of Bob Marley & The Wailers throughout their incredible international career.
Date Updated: Nov 30, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
The beautiful rock steady music created by Lynn Taitt & The Jets between 1966 and 1968 provided the basis for all that was to follow…
Date Updated: Nov 22, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
One of Jamaican music’s most distinctive, original and prolific singer/song writers responsible for inspiring an entire style of reggae singing.
Date Updated: Aug 10, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Ken Boothe, “one of the quintessential Jamaican soul voices”, possesses the unerring ability to impart heartfelt emotion to even the most innocent, innocuous songs…
Date Updated: Jul 20, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Slim Smith will forever remain the genuine Jamaican music aficionado’s favourite singer; two of his original compositions, ‘(I’ll) Never Let Go’ (aka ‘The Answer’) and ‘My Conversation’, are among the most versioned ever in the history of reggae...
Date Added: May 24, 2016
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