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Text by Harry Hawks
“One of the true heroes of Jamaican roots music…” Steve Barrow
Date Updated: Dec 6, 2019
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: Nov 22, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Alton Ellis was, beyond any doubt, Jamaica’s most soulful singer ever and his influence on the development of Jamaican music through his matchless singing and song-writing is profound.
Date Updated: Nov 15, 2019
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: Nov 8, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Ranking Joe, one of Jamaica’s most entertaining deejays, has enjoyed a career which has been as long as it has been illustrious.
Date Updated: Nov 1, 2019
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: Oct 25, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
A disciple of the nineties ‘Rasta Renaissance’ whose eight years behind bars served to strengthen his resolve to record righteous reality music…
Date Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the first Jamaican record producers to enjoy overseas hits Harry J went on to make the most of his international connections. His state of the art recording complex on Roosevelt Avenue was the studio of choice throughout the seventies for the musicians and artists who followed his lead in taking reggae music out of Kingston’s ghettos and onto the worldwide stage.
Date Updated: Sep 27, 2019
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: Sep 20, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Although his bass guitar beat at the heart of reggae music for over twenty years Boris Gardiner still remains a relatively unknown figure although he has contributed much more to the music than many other far more celebrated performers.
Date Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Not only an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin is also another of the architects and builders of modern Jamaican music.
Date Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Tommy McCook’s beautiful tenor saxophone graced countless sixties and seventies recordings but his work as a composer and arranger is every bit as important. He is one of the undisputed architects and builders of modern Jamaican music.
Date Updated: Aug 23, 2019
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: Aug 9, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Legendary London based sound system controller and record producer who has ceaselessly championed Rastafarian roots reggae over the last four decades.
Date Updated: Aug 2, 2019
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: Jul 5, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
The most important producer in the development of computer driven reggae music…
Date Updated: Jun 21, 2019
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: Jun 14, 2019
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Winston Rodney – aka The Burning Spear – stands as one of Reggae’s few Elder statesman’s. He not only still Tours and releases music, but also runs his own label and web site. Famed for his chanting prophet vocals, which resonate to arcane melodies from the Old Testament. In the late 1970’s he was rightly spoken of in the same breath as Bob Marley: indeed there are many that rate some of Rodney’s UK appearances ahead of the more famous Bob Marley Live at the Lyceum gig.
Date Updated: May 17, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Possibly one of the last of the traditional Jamaican mic. men but definitely the first of the island’s international superstar deejays…
Date Updated: Apr 26, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
A source of inspiration to his ghetto brethren Leroy Smart demonstrated that true talent, coupled with hard work and single mindedness, will always rise to the top.
Date Updated: Mar 15, 2019
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: Mar 1, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
Vocal harmony group rightly renowned for ‘Pressure & Slide’ and ‘Ride Your Donkey’ whose personnel featured some of Jamaica’s most gifted vocalists
Date Updated: Feb 15, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
‘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.
Date Updated: Feb 6, 2019
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: Jan 9, 2019
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