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Text by Harry Hawks
The Maytals created a music, “there was nothing else like it on earth”, that could only have been created by Jamaicans in Jamaica; other vocalists and vocal groups often attempted to sound like their American counterparts but The Maytals paved the way for Jamaican singers to sound like Jamaicans.
Date Updated: Aug 1, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
Lloyd Charmers’ production proficiency, voice, guitar and keyboards created some of the greatest records to ever come out of Jamaica.
Date Updated: Jul 25, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
A soulful singer whose plaintive delivery was rarely equalled; why Freddie McKay never saw the success he so rightly deserved from almost two decades of recording remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of reggae music.
Date Updated: Jul 11, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
A true original, although his style came steeped in the traditions established by pioneers such as U Roy and Big Youth, the Lone Ranger was one of the first deejays to build a bridge between the roots and culture approach of the seventies and the full on dance hall deejay attack of the eighties.
Date Updated: Jun 27, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
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
Date Updated: Jun 13, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
Performing with the vibrant energy and spontaneity of a sound system deejay Barrington Levy was one of the first vocalists to transfer the live raw excitement of the dance hall direct to record…
Date Updated: Jun 6, 2018
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 30, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
“New engineer round a Tubby’s named Jammy. Him wicked!”
Date Updated: May 2, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
Anyone with more than just a passing interest in rock steady and reggae knows and loves the music of The Heptones. Their near faultless body of work gives no indication as to why crossover success managed to elude one of the greatest ever Jamaican harmony trios
Date Updated: Apr 25, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
“…The music of Augustus Pablo, created for its moment, and somehow, eternally right for each moment since.” Ian McCann
Date Updated: Apr 11, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
At a time when vocal harmonising was neither profitable nor fashionable Black Uhuru carried their sound and the message of freedom from Kingston’s Waterhouse ghetto to the international stage.
Date Updated: Mar 28, 2018
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: Mar 23, 2018
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: Mar 22, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
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.
Date Updated: Mar 14, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
Legendary rock steady and reggae vocal group led by Carlton Manning… their debut recording ‘Love Me Forever’ is an all time classic.
Date Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
The series of singles that King Stitt, the first ever deejay superstar, made with Clancy Eccles were the first where the deejay received a proper credit on record. They demonstrated how lyrical interjections and interruptions from a ‘toaster’ could build up as much excitement on record as they did in a dance… and the floodgates were now open.
Date Updated: Feb 28, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
A name that deserves to be up there with the other great deejay originators of the early seventies…
Date Updated: Feb 13, 2018
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
A fine vocal trio consisting of Ansel Cridland, Winston Watson and one time member of the Righteous Flames, Danny Clarke. It was Clarke who founded the group in 1975 and over the next decade they cut themselves a niche as a classic Jamaican roots vocal harmony group – whose sales never reflected their standing in the reggae world.
Date Updated: Jan 31, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
The personification and epitome of musical and sartorial cool Derrick Morgan’s story recounts the growth of Jamaican music into the phenomenon that took the world by storm in the mid-seventies.
Date Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
“One of the true heroes of Jamaican roots music…” Steve Barrow
Date Updated: Jan 17, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the most important and influential stylistic and artistic innovators of the second half of the twentieth century…
Date Updated: Jan 10, 2018
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
A producer turned performer, Hudson always created music of worth and note that developed a very particular style over the 1970’s. He never crossed into the mainstream but many people’s collections feature his albums and singles. His death at the age of 42 saw reggae loose a maverick.
Date Updated: Dec 27, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Sugar Minott’s honesty shone through in everything that he ever did and his untimely death has sent shock waves throughout the reggae world.
Date Updated: Dec 13, 2017
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: Nov 29, 2017
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