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Uzziah 'Cool Stick/Sticky' Thompson photo

Uzziah 'Cool Stick/Sticky' Thompson

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: May 29, 2015
Uzziah ’Cool Stick’/‘Sticky’ Thompson has appeared on more records than any other Jamaican artist. He was not only a world class percussionist but also an innovative foundation deejay yet the name of Sticky Thompson will still probably be unfamiliar to anyone apart from reggae music obsessives…
Ethiopians photo

Ethiopians

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 17, 2015
“Leonard Dillon, who was in effect The Ethiopians, remains one of the unsung heroes of Jamaican music…” Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton
Jah Cure photo

Jah Cure

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 31, 2015
A disciple of the nineties ‘Rasta Renaissance’ whose eight years behind bars served to strengthen his resolve to record righteous reality music…
Abyssinians photo

Abyssinians

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Mar 9, 2015
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.
Beenie Man photo

Beenie Man

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Nov 28, 2014
From ‘Ten Year Old Deejay Wonder’ to ‘King Of The Dance Hall’…
John Holt photo

John Holt

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Oct 21, 2014
John Holt is rightly revered as Jamaica’s “finest interpreter of love ballads” but he could just as easily be regarded as one of its finest rock steady singers with The Paragons, one of its foundation vocalists at Studio One, or one of its best ever roots singers through his releases for Channel One in the seventies and Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes in the eighties…
Melodians photo

Melodians

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Aug 8, 2014
One of the most memorable of the many marvellous vocal groups who came to prominence in the mid sixties with the advent of rock steady…
Vybz Kartel photo

Vybz Kartel

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Jul 24, 2014
The competition does not get much tougher than in the world of Jamaican dancehall music but, occasionally, an artist comes through who stands head and shoulders above the competition. “The people want the real stuff… and that’s where I fall in. “ Vybz Kartel
Nick Manasseh photo

Nick Manasseh

Text by Dub Store Sound Inc,
Date Updated: Jul 2, 2014
Nick Manasseh is one of the pioneers of UK Dub/Reggae scene who popularised a now-familiar phrase "UK Steppers."
Kiddus I photo

Kiddus I

Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Date Updated: Jun 23, 2014
A truly mysterious Rastaman who musical flowering in the late 1970 saw only a handful of singles emerge and a brief glimpse of the man himself in the Island film Rockers. He only ever pressed small numbers of copies of each single and hence they were difficult to find, even at the time release, which only added to the mystery of the man.
Third World/Bunny Rugs photo

Third World/Bunny Rugs

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Apr 4, 2014
Roots with quality…
Busy Signal photo

Busy Signal

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Mar 17, 2014
One of the brightest stars in the dancehall firmament Busy Signal gained his stage name as a young man because he was always too busy to answer his cell ’phone. Little has changed… he has been in constant demand ever since and his ‘phone is now constantly engaged with worldwide offers of work.
Errol Thompson photo

Errol Thompson

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Dec 26, 2013
Errol Thompson, also known as Errol T or simply ET, was the most gifted and distinctive recording engineer in the history of Jamaican music. His contribution to the sound of reggae can never be overstated…
Sizzla photo

Sizzla

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Dec 5, 2013
A forthright and totally committed member of the Bobo Ashanti order and no stranger to controversy Sizzla’s outspoken stance has continued unabated over seventy albums and countless seven inch singles…
Shabba Ranks photo

Shabba Ranks

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Oct 24, 2013
Possibly one of the last of the traditional Jamaican mic. men but definitely the first of the island’s international superstar deejays…
Max Romeo photo

Max Romeo

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Oct 10, 2013
Max Romeo’s unerring ability to convey not only the manifest tribulations of Jamaican life but also some of its more amusing aspects with equal fervour and conviction have ensured his position as one of the most popular and versatile singers and songwriters of his generation.
Tony 'Prince Tony' Robinson photo

Tony 'Prince Tony' Robinson

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Updated: Sep 27, 2013
Prince Tony’s TR International productions, probably more than the work of many other producers, popularised the art of Jamaican deejays, Big Youth and U Roy in particular, and brought them to world wide prominence in the second half of the seventies…
Roy Cousins photo

Roy Cousins

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Aug 16, 2013
The story of Tamoki Wambesi Dove is, in effect, Roy Cousins’ story and his struggle for survival and artistic freedom in a viciously competitive world. The history of The Royals, with the group’s ever-changing line up of harmony singers, is inseparable from the close-knit community of Kingston 11 where the power and strength of singing was one of the few legitimate ways out of the ghetto.
Scotty photo

Scotty

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Jul 30, 2013
Derrick/David ‘Scotty’ Scott was not only one of the music’s most expressive and soulful singers but also one of the first artists to popularise the art of the deejay when he broke big in 1970… and by breaking big we mean massive.
Alva 'Reggie' Lewis photo

Alva 'Reggie' Lewis

Text by Harry Hawks
Date Added: Jun 26, 2013
The history of Jamaican music is usually told, naturally enough, through the stories of the music’s biggest stars but a whole host of less well known names also played a vital role in the development of the music; the guitar work of Alva ‘Reggie’ Lewis was an essential component in the nascent sound of reggae.
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