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Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The imprisonment of Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert shortly after he won the inaugural Festival Song Competition is viewed by the singer as a deliberate attempt to sabotage his career.The singer was imprisoned at the Richmond Farm prison on a marijuana...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Entertainers ending up in careers they never intended is quite widespread in early Jamaican popular music. Cecil Bustamante Campbell, better known as Prince Buster, dreamt of being the greatest sound system operator in the land. That dream ended...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Another year in the life of Johnny Nash slipped by without much fanfare or flamboyant celebrations on August 19. However, at 78, Nash remains active, albeit on a subdued basis, with occasional tours.Although not born in Jamaica, his contribution to...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Two Fridays ago we observed the 99th birth anniversary of Louise Bennett-Coverley - folklorist, actress, vocalist, comedienne, author, poet and one of Jamaica's most cherished national treasures. She became famous for her dialect verses done in...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The impact of the high exchange rate of the United States dollar in relation to the Jamaican dollar has been described by government and banking sources as having no real negative effect on the Jamaican economy. Be that as it may, the stark reality...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Last week's article on Lord Creator highlighted one of the notable features of early Jamaican popular music the impact that entertainers who were not born in Jamaica had on the development of the Island's music.There are no fewer than a dozen...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

When Trinidad-born Kenrick Patrick, better known as Lord Creator, was passing through Jamaica in 1962, making Jamaica his home was the furthest thing from his mind.He was actually on a Caribbean tour with a group of musicians when he stopped in...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black


Rhythm and Blues (R&B), which has been around since the 1940s, is widely regarded as the earliest and most influential music genre to have had an impact on popular music...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The years following Jamaica's inaugural Independence in 1962 were turbulent ones, especially in Kingston.One would have expected that with attaining Independence, the nation would be in a united state, and crime would be on the decline. But quite...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The year 1962 not only signalled the birth of Jamaica as an independent nation, but also signalled the birth of the career of several outstanding Jamaican entertainers.It was also the birth year of Jamaica's foundation music: ska. For some odd...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Falsetto singers were an integral part of early Jamaican music. Some of the more popular exponents of that style of singing, along with their signature recordings, included Pat Kelly (You Don't Care For Me), Derrick Harriott (Sugar Dandy), Ken...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Musicians have often been neglected and sidelined whenever the success of a recording is announced. The singers are the ones who, almost invariably, get the credit and are showered with unending praise for a job well done. This situation is...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Today is International Reggae Day, and again, we pay tribute to the pioneers who made it possible.Andrea Davis conceptualised the idea in 1993, following a speech by Winnie Mandela, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, while the...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Many may not have been around in 1966 to witness the multitude of events that made that year one of the most exciting and historic in Jamaica's history.Those who were around may well remember the excitement that was generated by Motown's music; the...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Growing up along Orange Street in downtown Kingston - the heart of Jamaica's popular music during its embryonic stage - I was privileged to be among some of the greats who created the foundation music of ska and rocksteady. Music Street and Beat...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:53 AMRoy Black

It was Christmas Eve 1954, and a full house waited feverishly at the city auditorium in Houston Texas for the appearance of America’s most promising vocal talent. Against the backdrop of festive activities, a gunshot rang out, sending...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Drifters vocal group of the early 1960s was easily the most exciting and popular group of singers in popular music during that period. Those who were around at the time will well recall the impact they had on the music scene and on the charts,...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Just two days ago, May 25, we observed African Liberation Day. Quite significantly, the late great singjay and music pioneer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott, who liberated several youth and aspiring artistes from the doldrums of poverty, was born on that day...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Blindness is often looked at as an impediment to progress by the sighted, but for some blind persons, it is more of a motivational tool.One person who has used blindness for motivation is Steveland Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder, who, for 55...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Windrush scandal is a topic that is currently dominating the headlines. Seventy years ago, the SS Empire Windrush - originally a German cruise ship - docked in Kingston, Jamaica, en route from several other countries to England. With over 1,000...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Although Derrick Morgan is reputed to have worn several hats in Jamaican popular music, his good friend and competitor, Prince Buster, may not be very far behind. Buster excelled as a sound system operator, record producer, recording artiste,...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

One of the least known facts about Jamaica's popular music is the multiplicity of roles played by Derrick Morgan in helping to lay the foundation for the establishment of Jamaica's music and ultimately placing it on the international music map....

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

While Carnival revellers were jumping and gyrating to the rhythms of street bands at Jamaica Carnival 2018 Road Marches last Sunday, it became obvious that there was one notable absentee among the bands - Jamaica Carnival.A creation of the late...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The stigma attached to All Fools' Day (April 1) remains a very real and perennial one.People have expressed divergent views about the character of persons born on April 1, with the general consensus being that such persons are either genuinely smart...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The title "the daughter of", in reference to Natalie Cole, and which was highlighted in last week's article, has become one of the talking points of readers since the publication of the article.The main question asked was, "What is it about Nat Cole...

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