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Text by Harry Hawks
Sonia Pottinger was Jamaica’s first and foremost female record producer; her husband, Lyndon O. Pottinger, was one of the unacknowledged founding fathers of Jamaican music.
Date Updated: Jan 4, 2017
“The music is a river of conviction, flowing past sadness, pain, oppression and rejection into the hope of the glorious kingdom of Jah Jah.“ Jean Fairweather
Date Added: Apr 25, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
“Yet I want nothing out of it. A man can get fi him credit. I get my credit from the work I do.” Winston Riley
Date Updated: Apr 15, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Well charged, disco mixed and hit bound… “no other Jamaican studio was to have quite the same impact in 1975 to 1976 or exert as much influence on the direction of the music.” Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton
Date Updated: Sep 24, 2014
Text by Harry Hawks
One of Jamaica’s most inventive and radical record producers ‘The Observer’ Holness has always been a name to watch out for…
Date Added: Jul 14, 2014
Text by Harry Hawks
Nothing succeeds like success and there was a time in the mid to late seventies when very few record labels came near to succeeding like or exceeding the success of the releases on the Joe Gibbs label.
Date Updated: Jan 17, 2014
Text by Harry Hawks
Innately modest, and remarkably talented, Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin was intimately involved in, and hugely influential on, two very different and extremely important movements in the history of reggae music…
Date Added: Aug 30, 2013
Text by Harry Hawks
Herman Chin Loy has somehow remained a relatively unsung name in the history of Jamaican music although the innovative music on his Aquarius and Scorpio record labels has proved more significant and has resonated far further than that of many better known producers…
Date Updated: Apr 26, 2013
Text by Harry Hawks
Junjo’s Volcano label and Hi-Power Sound System dominated Jamaica’s music scene in the early eighties with “a star studded camp that included a brash albino named Yellowman and teenaged singer Barrington Levy…”
Date Updated: Feb 14, 2013
Text by Harry Hawks
“Even in his heyday of the seventies Phil Pratt says he was never one for the limelight. However, American rapper Snoop Lion's cover of Ken Boothe's ‘Artibella’ has put the focus on one of reggae's under rated producers.” Howard Campbell
Date Updated: Dec 28, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
From 1962 to 1971 Beverley’s Records was one of the leading labels on Kingston’s music scene and Leslie Kong was one of the very first record producers to move Jamaican music forward onto the international stage
Date Updated: Sep 13, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
London based label whose influence in the sixties was so profound that all Jamaican music was popularly known as Blue Beat in the UK…
Date Updated: Jul 30, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
An early enterprise by two of Kingston’s elite recording artists, Gregory Isaacs and Errol Dunkley, to wrest control of the music they were making from the producers and place it in the hands of its creators…
Date Added: Apr 11, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
A successful London based producer and engineer whose music mixes and matches the greatest of the old with the best of the new. Gussie’s studio and his Sip A Cup and Gussie P labels have been one of the cornerstones of the UK reggae music scene over the last two decades
Date Updated: Mar 31, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
Clancy Eccles truly believed in the power of music to effect social change and he opened the door for countless others to come through and capitalise on his innovations…
Date Added: Feb 9, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
Throughout his long and highly successful career Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke has not only always taken good care of business but has also been involved in every step of the music making process.
Date Updated: Jan 11, 2012
Text by Harry Hawks
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is responsible for creating some of the most complex and mystical music to ever come out of Jamaica, or anywhere else, in his Black Ark studio. His importance to the history of Jamaican music in particular and recorded music in general is incalculable.
Date Added: Oct 3, 2011
Text by Harry Hawks
Jimmy Radways’ Fe Me Time and Capricorn Rising labels could never be termed prolific but every release “produced all the way by the man L. Rodway” was a certified classic
Date Updated: Mar 2, 2011
Text by Harry Hawks
Following the break up of The Wailers Peter Tosh released his records on his own Intelligent Diplomat For His Imperial Majesty label. The recurring theme on his Intel Diplo H.I.M. recordings was freedom, equal rights and justice for all.
Date Added: Feb 5, 2011
Text by Harry Hawks
As a creator of musical trends Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee is second to none. For the best part of a decade the reggae business hung on his every word and tried to copy his every move.
Date Updated: Feb 1, 2011
Text by Harry Hawks
Commercial success has largely eluded Glen Brown but his work, stretching over four decades, has ensured his status as a ‘cult figure’ and his records are prized collectors items that fetch correspondingly high prices on the collectors market.
Date Updated: Dec 14, 2010
The most successful of the many London based reggae labels releasing Jamaican music scoring nearly thirty crossover hits in the U.K. National Charts between 1969 and 1976. The company would then go on to dominate the ‘revival’ reissue market in the new Millennium.
Date Updated: Mar 31, 2010
Legendary shop, label and recording studio that formed the epicentre of the Jamaican music business for the best part of two decades.
Date Added: Mar 25, 2010
Text by Harry Hawks
Treasure Isle was not only the home of some of the best ska, greatest rock steady and groundbreaking reggae but was also the birthplace of the deejay and dub phenomenon.
Date Updated: Jan 28, 2010