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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: Jun 28, 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
Text by Harry Hawks
“My songs are based on farming and not about hype... I’m a Bobo and people know what I stand for.” Jah Mason
Date Added: May 17, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
A UK based group who would never, and could never, be restricted by any boundaries... national, international or musical.
Date Added: May 10, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
The devotional Rastafarian hymns of praise of Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus came to prominence in the mid-seventies although their Nyahbinghi based drumming and chanting had exerted a powerful influence on Jamaican music during the previous decade...
Date Added: May 2, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
A singularly successful singer, producer and record shop proprietor who, over the past fifty years, really has seen it all… been there, done that and his music has gone all the way round the world and back again.
Date Updated: Apr 15, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Reggae, and dancehall reggae in particular, is infamous for its machismo stance and sexist outlook and to describe the opportunities for female artists as ‘limited’ in the male dominated world of Jamaican music is a massive understatement. A select few have managed to break through the glass ceiling but Macka Diamond has appears to have smashed it...
Date Updated: Oct 30, 2015
Text by Harry Hawks
A founding father of Jamaican music in the late fifties whose career went from strength to strength over a period of sixty years and who eventually reached a significantly wider audience than many of his original contemporaries...
Date Updated: Oct 13, 2015
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