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Musical Hind-sight - 'Carry Go Bring Come' singer's children plan campaign

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Carlton Hinds (centre) with Dennis Higgins (left) and Everton Wint.
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Carlton Hinds and his siblings Maxwell, Donald and Avery, all children of late Jamaican music pioneer Justin Hinds, are bent on maintaining their father's legacy.

Hinds, singer of ska hit Carry Go Bring Come, as well as Sinners and Botheration, among other songs, died in March 2005. He toured with his children from 1997 onwards.

Carlton, Dennis Higgins (a former manager of Justin) and close family friend Everton Wint visited the Ocho Rios office of The Gleaner. Even while mourning the recent passing of one of his brothers, Randy, Carlton insisted, "we want people to remember the name Justin Hinds and the Dominoes as a legend. He conquered three eras - ska, rocksteady and reggae."

The percussionist added: "The next move for me right now is to work on some unreleased songs that he left. We're trying to get some things moving, re-release his old tracks, remake some in different styles, make T-shirts, CDs available, whatever we need to do to."

Among the proposed re-releases is the 1985 album Travel With Love, done for the St Louis-based Night Hawk label. The title track was originally released on the Treasure Isle label in 1969. "Travel With Love is the only album that The Wailers, The Skatalites and Justin Hinds and the Dominoes did together," Higgins, who was also part of the production team, pointed out. The album was recorded at Marley's Tuff Gong Studio and mixed at Aquarius Studio.

Musicians who worked on the album include Aston 'Family Man' Barrett and his brother Carlton, Earl 'Wya' Lindo, Tyrone Downie, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, Skully and Sky Juice. 'Deadly' Headley Bennett, Bobby Ellis and Tommy McCook comprise the horn section and the producers Leroy Pierson and Bob Schoenfeld.

The brothers are also working on their father's album Cheer Up (2009), which includes a remake of Botheration.

Justin Hinds was the first artiste produced by the late Jack Ruby, who later also produced Burning Spear. His last tour was of France, along with Alton Ellis, Roy Shirley and Prince Buster.