Top

Artist Hall of Fame
Showing all the 'Featured Artists' pages. Click on an image or artist name to jump.
Search:
Sort by:
1 2 3 4 5
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: Mar 22, 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
Text by Harry Hawk
Originally revered in the seventies as a singer of roots anthems Linval Thompson went on to build another career as one of the first, and foremost, producers of dance hall music.
Date Updated: Dec 5, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
Joe Higgs inspired generations of musicians during the course of his career… not only through his own music but also through his work as teacher and mentor to some of Jamaica’s biggest, brightest stars
Date Updated: Oct 10, 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: Sep 26, 2018
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: Aug 22, 2018
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
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
1 2 3 4 5