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Junior ‘Shindig’ Sinclair pays tribute to National Heroes

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Junior Sinclair

Since his early days as a student at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, Junior 'Shindig' Sinclair has had a great fascination with the achievements of Jamaica's National Heroes.

The patriotic Jamaican is

worried that the current generation of youth is not aware of the achievements of our national heroes.

"Our national heroes made great sacrifices for the freedom and independence of this great nation. Most of the youth today are not familiar with the achievements of our heroes, and I don't think enough is being done to sensitise the youths about our national heroes."

Being the proactive businessman that he is, Sinclair has decided to make his contribution to the education of Jamaica's youth by recording and releasing a seven-track CD titled National Heroes.

The songs on the CD highlight the achievements of all seven national heroes: Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, Nanny of the Maroons, Norman Manley, George William Gordon and Sir Alexander Bustamante.

National Heroes is distributed by VP Records and is available on all leading Internet music stores, including iTunes and Amazon.com.

Sinclair is a 40-year veteran of the music industry and a businessman, and says: "I started singing when I was a student at the Holmwood Technical in 1968. The following year, I graduated and joined the Young Generation Band as its lead singer. From 1976 onwards, I also performed as a singer and MC all over Jamaica, sharing the stage with the likes of Delroy Wilson, The Mighty Diamonds, Brent Dowe, Derrick Morgan, Beres Hammond, Lloyd Parkes and the We the People Band, and Fab 5."

In 1976, he also made his recording debut with a single called The Beginning of it All, which was recorded at Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Black Ark Studio.

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In 1980, he migrated to Canada to study radio and TV broadcasting at the National Institute of Broadcasting in Toronto.

"After I graduated from the broadcasting institute, I worked at CHAO 790 AM and CKQT 94.9 FM (two of Toronto's biggest radio stations), hosting The Shindig Show, which was hugely popular among the Caribbean community in Toronto. During those days, I was also the lead singer in a band called the Now Generation Band."

Moving to live in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1990, he was invited to be the lead singer for Coxsone Dodd's original Studio One band by legendary musicians Tommy McCook and drummer Joe Isaacs.

"Working with the Studio

One band was an awesome experience. Back then, the band was very busy performing all over the US, with the likes of John Holt, Ken Boothe, The Melodians, and so many others.

I also did a lot of work as an MC in those days, too," said Sinclair.

In 2001, the patriotic Jamaican returned to his homeland. Since then, he has been very busy promoting vintage shows and working as a singer/MC, while juggling

his singing career and his duties as the vice-chairman of The Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.