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Early Jamaican popular recorded music has oftentimes been an attempt to copy American rhythm and blues songs. The reasoning behind this is far-reaching and filled with complexities. Any ardent music or dance fan of the mid to late 1950s and early
The term 'Blue Beat' became very popular, especially in the United Kingdom (UK), following a mass migration of Jamaican recording artistes to those shores in the early 1960s, triggered by the prospects of greater financial rewards.
Suckle soon won a booking at the Flamingo Club in Wardour St to play his sound system after the main acts. On his first night the queue of people waiting to get in caused a major traffic snarl-up. An early British convert to the new Jamaican sound
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer Lyrical clashes have become synonymous with dancehall music, but it was ska that gave rise to the phenomenon in the 1960s. Names that became popular with 'war music' were Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd, Derrick Morgan,
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer Jamaican sound system operator and nightclub owner, Wilbert 'Count Suckle' Campbell is dead...Wilbert Campbell was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but went to Britain in the early 1950s. Not long before arriving in the
On May 3, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston, started its Saturday openings programme. Then, last Saturday, May 10, there was the showing of the unreleased documentary, Legends of Ska. Among those performing and telling their
The night seems to fade, but the moonlight lingers on there are wonders for everyone. The stars shines so bright, but they're fading after dawn, There's magic in Kingston Town. Words from Lord Creator's 1969 recording, Kingston Town , which created
Castro, regarded as one of the greatest Jamaican dancers of all time, is working on a soon-to-be-released autobiography. He earned his fame in the 1960s dancing at the popular swinging programme, 'Teenage Dance Party'. His versatility as a showman
Alex Morrissey, CEO of Jamaicansmusic.com , a mega hub for all things reggae and dancehall, told The Sunday Gleaner that the archipelago first came to his attention through his Facebook page. "Earlier in the year while going through Facebook
A legend in his own right, Wilson was perhaps the most important individual to have walked through the gates of Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd's revered Studio One (not yet named Studio One when he made that trek in 1962), at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston.