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Alton Ellis photo

Alton Ellis

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 22, 2019
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.
Leroy Smart photo

Leroy Smart

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 15, 2019
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.
Augustus Pablo photo

Augustus Pablo

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 1, 2019
“…The music of Augustus Pablo, created for its moment, and somehow, eternally right for each moment since.” Ian McCann
Tennors photo

Tennors

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Feb 15, 2019
Vocal harmony group rightly renowned for ‘Pressure & Slide’ and ‘Ride Your Donkey’ whose personnel featured some of Jamaica’s most gifted vocalists
Bounty Killer photo

Bounty Killer

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Feb 6, 2019
‘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.
Jackie Mittoo photo

Jackie Mittoo

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jan 9, 2019
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.
Linval Thompson photo

Linval Thompson

Text by Harry Hawk
Date Updated: Dec 5, 2018
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.
Joe Higgs photo

Joe Higgs

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 10, 2018
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
Black Uhuru photo

Black Uhuru

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Sep 26, 2018
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.
Boris Gardiner photo

Boris Gardiner

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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.
Toots & The Maytals photo

Toots & The Maytals

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 1, 2018
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.
Lloyd Charmers photo

Lloyd Charmers

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jul 25, 2018
Lloyd Charmers’ production proficiency, voice, guitar and keyboards created some of the greatest records to ever come out of Jamaica.
Freddie Mckay photo

Freddie Mckay

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jul 11, 2018
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.
Lone Ranger photo

Lone Ranger

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jun 27, 2018
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.
Mavado photo

Mavado

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jun 13, 2018
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
Barrington Levy photo

Barrington Levy

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jun 6, 2018
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…
Johnny Osbourne photo

Johnny Osbourne

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: May 30, 2018
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.
Prince Jammy photo

Prince Jammy

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: May 2, 2018
“New engineer round a Tubby’s named Jammy. Him wicked!”
Heptones photo

Heptones

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 25, 2018
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
Ken Boothe photo

Ken Boothe

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 23, 2018
Ken Boothe, “one of the quintessential Jamaican soul voices”, possesses the unerring ability to impart heartfelt emotion to even the most innocent, innocuous songs…
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