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Johnny Golding Celebrates 80th Birthday

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 3:00 AMRoy Black
Swing's Publisher, Johnny Golding, cutting a birthday cake at one of his previous birthday celebrations.

One of the seminal figures in reggae music, Johnny Golding, founder and publisher of Swing Magazine, the 'bible' of the burgeoning reggae music industry in the late 1960s to 1980s, celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday, February 26, in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Golding and Swing were instrumental in spreading the culture of reggae music around the world, and today, a copy of the magazine is considered priceless by reggae music collectors and aficionados worldwide.

Swing also helped launch or influenced the careers of several artistes, including Clancy Eccles, Leroy Smart, Mutabaruka, Keith Hudson, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bob Marley, among others.

The magazine boasts as its writers and editors, the late G. Fitz Bartley, Eric 'Mcko' McNeish and Tony Laing, Norma Hamilton, Julian Jingles, Ben Brodie, Jean Fairweather-Wilson, Mutabaruka and Alafia Samuels.

Golding was also an elder in the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and left to live in Ethiopia several years ago. He last visited Jamaica in 2002 for the funeral of his father - John Golding Sr - the founder of Golding Printing Service. He is the elder brother of Winston 'Doda' Georgie and musician Stevie, all playing roles in the Jamaican music industry.