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Roland Alphonso photo

Roland Alphonso

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Dec 6, 2016
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.
Aston 'Family Man' Barrett photo

Aston 'Family Man' Barrett

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Nov 30, 2016
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.
Lynn Taitt photo

Lynn Taitt

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Nov 22, 2016
The beautiful rock steady music created by Lynn Taitt & The Jets between 1966 and 1968 provided the basis for all that was to follow…
Gregory Isaacs photo

Gregory Isaacs

Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Date Updated: Nov 7, 2016
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.
King Tubby photo

King Tubby

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 12, 2016
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.
Count Ossie photo

Count Ossie

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Sep 21, 2016
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.
Horace Andy photo

Horace Andy

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 10, 2016
One of Jamaican music’s most distinctive, original and prolific singer/song writers responsible for inspiring an entire style of reggae singing.
Ken Boothe photo

Ken Boothe

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jul 20, 2016
Ken Boothe, “one of the quintessential Jamaican soul voices”, possesses the unerring ability to impart heartfelt emotion to even the most innocent, innocuous songs…
Slim Smith photo

Slim Smith

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 24, 2016
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...
Jah Mason photo

Jah Mason

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 17, 2016
“My songs are based on farming and not about hype... I’m a Bobo and people know what I stand for.” Jah Mason
Capital Letters photo

Capital Letters

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 10, 2016
A UK based group who would never, and could never, be restricted by any boundaries... national, international or musical.
Ras Michael photo

Ras Michael

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 2, 2016
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...
Derrick Harriott photo

Derrick Harriott

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 15, 2016
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.
Macka Diamond photo

Macka Diamond

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 30, 2015
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...
Rico Rodriguez photo

Rico Rodriguez

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 13, 2015
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...
Clint Eastwood & General Saint photo

Clint Eastwood & General Saint

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Jun 22, 2015
The first UK based deejays to break into the National Charts Eastwood & Saint translated the language of Jamaican deejays into an international style that everyone could understand and anyone could join in with...
Uzziah 'Cool Stick/Sticky' Thompson photo

Uzziah 'Cool Stick/Sticky' Thompson

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 29, 2015
Uzziah ’Cool Stick’/‘Sticky’ Thompson has appeared on more records than any other Jamaican artist. He was not only a world class percussionist but also an innovative foundation deejay yet the name of Sticky Thompson will still probably be unfamiliar to anyone apart from reggae music obsessives…
Ethiopians photo

Ethiopians

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 17, 2015
“Leonard Dillon, who was in effect The Ethiopians, remains one of the unsung heroes of Jamaican music…” Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton
Jah Cure photo

Jah Cure

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 31, 2015
A disciple of the nineties ‘Rasta Renaissance’ whose eight years behind bars served to strengthen his resolve to record righteous reality music…
Abyssinians photo

Abyssinians

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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