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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 Added: 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 Added: Mar 07, 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 Added: Feb 28, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
A name that deserves to be up there with the other great deejay originators of the early seventies...
Date Added: Feb 13, 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 Added: Feb 07, 2018
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
A fine vocal trio consisting of Ansel Cridland, Winston Watson and one time member of the Righteous Flames, Danny Clarke. It was Clarke who founded the group in 1975 and over the next decade they cut themselves a niche as a classic Jamaican roots vocal harmony group – whose sales never reflected their standing in the reggae world.
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
The personification and epitome of musical and sartorial cool Derrick Morgan's story recounts the growth of Jamaican music into the phenomenon that took the world by storm in the mid-seventies.
Date Added: Jan 24, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
"One of the true heroes of Jamaican roots music..." Steve Barrow
Date Added: Jan 17, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the most important and influential stylistic and artistic innovators of the second half of the twentieth century...
Date Added: Jan 10, 2018
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
A producer turned performer, Hudson always created music of worth and note that developed a very particular style over the 1970's. He never crossed into the mainstream but many people's collections feature his albums and singles. His death at the age of 42 saw reggae loose a maverick.
Date Added: Dec 27, 2017
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 Added: Dec 20, 2017
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 Added: Dec 13, 2017
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 Added: Nov 29, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Earl 'Sixteen' Daley has never stopped singing for those who care, not only about reggae music, but also about the message within the music.
Date Added: Nov 08, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The Dub Inventor, was not only responsible for transforming the music making process but also the way we listen to and appreciate music in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Date Added: Oct 25, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
Count Ossie was the foremost exponent of Rasta drumming; his bass drum adorned with Psalm 133 'Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity'. His presence continues to be felt as an intuitive act of faith demonstrating an unbroken link with Jamaican music's shared ancestral and cultural heritage.
Date Added: Oct 18, 2017
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 Added: Oct 11, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
One of the foremost vocal groups of the sixties and early seventies...
Date Added: Oct 04, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
The original 'singjay', Eek A Mouse, whose appeal has always been as big and broad as his super sized six foot six inches height. He has consistently broken down barriers and built bridges between the genres of roots, dance hall and 'crossover' reggae.
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
During the years that he reigned as King Yellow no one was able to come near Yellowman's popularity and he worked tirelessly throughout the eighties for every producer who had the wherewithal to record him...
Date Updated: Aug 29, 2017