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Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Mar 9, 2015
The most revered and respected of Jamaica’s roots vocal groups whose transcendental, ethereal harmonies are beautiful beyond compare; their debut single ‘Satta A Masa Gana’ from 1969 is one of the most versioned songs and rhythms in the history of reggae music and is now a Rastafarian hymn.
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Bounty Killer

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Feb 6, 2015
‘The Warlord’ has maintained his top position for over twenty years through a combination of raw talent, a deep understanding of exactly what’s going on and a complete fearlessness in telling it how it really is.
Beenie Man photo

Beenie Man

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Nov 28, 2014
From ‘Ten Year Old Deejay Wonder’ to ‘King Of The Dance Hall’…
Hortense Ellis photo

Hortense Ellis

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Nov 10, 2014
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…
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John Holt

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 21, 2014
John Holt is rightly revered as Jamaica’s “finest interpreter of love ballads” but he could just as easily be regarded as one of its finest rock steady singers with The Paragons, one of its foundation vocalists at Studio One, or one of its best ever roots singers through his releases for Channel One in the seventies and Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes in the eighties…
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Aston 'Family Man' Barrett

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Aug 26, 2014
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.
Mavado photo


Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 22, 2014
This dance hall super star’s career trajectory has been truly spectacular and continues from strength to strength: “Mavado… combines hip-hop influenced beats with ominous minor key vocals about street life and salvation." Rolling Stone
Melodians photo


Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 8, 2014
One of the most memorable of the many marvellous vocal groups who came to prominence in the mid sixties with the advent of rock steady…
Vybz Kartel photo

Vybz Kartel

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jul 24, 2014
The competition does not get much tougher than in the world of Jamaican dancehall music but, occasionally, an artist comes through who stands head and shoulders above the competition. “The people want the real stuff… and that’s where I fall in. “ Vybz Kartel
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Nick Manasseh

Text by Dub Store Sound Inc,
Date Updated: Jul 2, 2014
Nick Manasseh is one of the pioneers of UK Dub/Reggae scene who popularised a now-familiar phrase "UK Steppers."
Kiddus I photo

Kiddus I

Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Date Updated: Jun 23, 2014
A truly mysterious Rastaman who musical flowering in the late 1970 saw only a handful of singles emerge and a brief glimpse of the man himself in the Island film Rockers. He only ever pressed small numbers of copies of each single and hence they were difficult to find, even at the time release, which only added to the mystery of the man.
Third World/Bunny Rugs photo

Third World/Bunny Rugs

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 4, 2014
Roots with quality…
Busy Signal photo

Busy Signal

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 17, 2014
One of the brightest stars in the dancehall firmament Busy Signal gained his stage name as a young man because he was always too busy to answer his cell ’phone. Little has changed… he has been in constant demand ever since and his ‘phone is now constantly engaged with worldwide offers of work.
Ninjaman photo


Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Feb 21, 2014
The ‘Original Front Tooth Gold Tooth Gun Pon Tooth Don Gorgon’… one of the most startlingly original and seriously contumacious dancehall deejays.
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Junior Murvin

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Feb 4, 2014
Also known as Junior Soul and Junior Mervin an under-recorded singer whose indubitable, indisputably classic song ‘Police & Thieves’ transcended its origins in downtown Kingston’s internecine political violence to become a worldwide anthem for the fight against oppression both from below and from those at the very top.
Errol Thompson photo

Errol Thompson

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Dec 26, 2013
Errol Thompson, also known as Errol T or simply ET, was the most gifted and distinctive recording engineer in the history of Jamaican music. His contribution to the sound of reggae can never be overstated…
Sizzla photo


Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Dec 5, 2013
A forthright and totally committed member of the Bobo Ashanti order and no stranger to controversy Sizzla’s outspoken stance has continued unabated over seventy albums and countless seven inch singles…
Shaggy photo


Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Nov 7, 2013
The world’s top selling Jamaican artist Shaggy has achieved more UK & USA Number One hits than any other reggae act…
Shabba Ranks photo

Shabba Ranks

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Oct 24, 2013
Possibly one of the last of the traditional Jamaican mic. men but definitely the first of the island’s international superstar deejays…
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Max Romeo

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Oct 10, 2013
Max Romeo’s unerring ability to convey not only the manifest tribulations of Jamaican life but also some of its more amusing aspects with equal fervour and conviction have ensured his position as one of the most popular and versatile singers and songwriters of his generation.
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