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Text by Harry Hawks
“Leonard Dillon, who was in effect The Ethiopians, remains one of the unsung heroes of Jamaican music…” Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton
Date Updated: Mar 27, 2020
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 6, 2020
Text by Harry Hawks
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.
Date Updated: Feb 28, 2020
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
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.
Date Updated: Feb 21, 2020
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: Feb 14, 2020
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: Jan 31, 2020
Text by Harry Hawks
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.
Date Updated: Jan 24, 2020
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the leading deejays and record producers during the seventies the work of Pat Francis aka Jah Lloyd aka Jah Lion is still sadly under appreciated…
Date Updated: Jan 17, 2020
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Bob stands uniquely as the only person to be born into Poverty, on a small colonially owned Island and to become a major international Music star and an international celebrity. He bought the voice and beliefs of an exploited and subjugated race and class onto a world wide stage.
Date Updated: Jan 10, 2020
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: Dec 13, 2019
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
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
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