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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: Apr 11, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
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.
Date Added: Mar 28, 2018
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: Mar 23, 2018
Text by Harry Hawks
The Skatalites worked together as a recording band from 1963 to 1965 but during those two incredibly creative years they established the template for all that followed.
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
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
Sonia Pottinger was Jamaica's first and foremost female record producer; her husband, Lyndon O. Pottinger, was one of the unacknowledged founding fathers of Jamaican music.
Date Added: Nov 15, 2017
Text by Harry Hawks
"The music is a river of conviction, flowing past sadness, pain, oppression and rejection into the hope of the glorious kingdom of Jah Jah." Jean Fairweather
Date Updated: May 17, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
"Yet I want nothing out of it. A man can get fi him credit. I get my credit from the work I do." Winston Riley
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Text by Harry Hawks
Well charged, disco mixed and hit bound... "no other Jamaican studio was to have quite the same impact in 1975 to 1976 or exert as much influence on the direction of the music." Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton
Date Updated: Sep 25, 2014
Text by Harry Hawks
One of Jamaica's most inventive and radical record producers 'The Observer' Holness has always been a name to watch out for...
Date Updated: Jul 14, 2014
Classical Rock Steady rhythm recorded at Studio One, the original cut was performed by Heptones in 1967.
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Date Updated: Jan 27, 2012
Text by Dub Store Sound Inc.
A massive combination hit song by Shabba Ranks and Krystal. Another prominent rhythm / song of the 80's dancehall produced by Augustus Gussie Clarke.
Date Updated: Sep 05, 2011
Text by Dub Store Sound Inc.
Another Rock Steady masterpiece recorded at Studio One. Performed by a vocal trio named Heptones.
Date Updated: Aug 25, 2015
A major international hit song / rhythm produced by Dave Kelly on his Mad House label.
Date Updated: Jun 21, 2011