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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: May 01, 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 Added: Apr 17, 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 Added: Apr 03, 2020
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 Added: Mar 27, 2020
Text by Jeremy Collingwood
Currently, rightly, seen as a key figure in the development of the form & structure of music, yet alone reggae. In a glorious decade from 1969 to 1979 he produced hundred's of singles, ten's of albums and was right there at the genesis of Dub, Sampling and Remixing. He stands with a alongside the likes of Phil Spector or Atlantic & Stax.
Date Added: Mar 13, 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 Added: 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 Added: 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 Added: Feb 14, 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 Added: 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 Added: 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 Added: 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 Added: Dec 13, 2019
Text by Harry Hawks
"One of the true heroes of Jamaican roots music..." Steve Barrow
Date Added: Dec 06, 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 Added: 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 Added: Nov 01, 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 Added: 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 Added: Oct 04, 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 Added: 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 Added: 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 Added: Sep 13, 2019