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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 8:00 AMRoy Black

Although some may not agree that Vere Johns' contribution to nation building was enough to make him a candidate for national hero, there can be no denying that he laid a very important pillar in the establishment of reggae music through his talent...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 8:00 AMRoy Black

When then Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced in 2013 that the Festival Song Competition for that year would be cancelled, it was greeted with scathing criticism from various quarters, including her opposite spokesperson, Olivia '...

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

The Alpha Boys School, located at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston 4, has made a dramatic transformation from the days when Sister Jessie Ripoll saw the need for orphaned and underprivileged girls to be housed and cared for.The idea was later expanded...

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

The milestone 20th staging of the annual Tributes to the Greats awards show and dance is set to take place at Curphey Place, Swallowfield Road, on August 5, beginning at 8 p.m.The venue has not only become the home of the event, but a rendezvous...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

With the bloodletting that has engulfed the nation, one can't help but agree that the Mighty Diamonds, a 1970s Jamaican vocal trio, were right on track when they warned about impending disaster in several of their recordings.Their first big hit,...

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

'The older the moon, the brighter it shines', is an old adage that the Manhattans proved to be true during a scintillating performance at the Startime Show which took place at the National Arena on Saturday, July 8.In an unforgettable experience,...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

Over the years, Kingston College (KC) has produced several outstanding entertainers in the field of popular music. The list includes the former lead vocalist of the Fab 5 band, Peter Scarlett, and its present leader and bass player, Frankie Campbell...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 7:00 AMRoy Black

Last Monday, Stranger Cole celebrated a birthday.Now in his seventh decade on earth, Cole's schedule seems to be more hectic nowadays than it was during his early career. His energy and friskiness on stage, assisted by a petite frame, belies his age...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AMRoy Black

The Manhattans belongs to an exclusive fraternity of four-part harmony soul groups that emerged in the early 1970s in the United States. The Spinners, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics and The O'Jays were others that stood out as harmony kingpins.Led...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:03 AMRoy Black

The long-running Heineken Startime series of stage shows, now known as Startime, has built a reputation for itself that is unmatched anywhere in Jamaica's music business.It has the distinction of being the catalyst in the resurgence, worldwide, of...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 6:00 AMRoy Black

Last week's Music Diaries focused on the important role that deejay Dennis Alcapone played in keeping the Jamaican Diaspora connected with the Jamaican authorities and fans, concerning artistes scattered abroad and, particularly, their passing. He...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 6:00 AMRoy Black

Another of the international ambassadors for the Jamaican music industry is Dennis Alcapone, who became well known in the 1960s and 1970s for his DJ recordings and performances. But if one were to measure Alcapone's achievements solely on the basis...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 6:47 AMRoy Black

Describing Anthony ‘Chips’Richards as an international ambassador for the Jamaican music industry would certainly be one of the biggest understatements of the 20th century. The name may mean very little to Jamaicans at home, but in...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMRoy Black

Even as we celebrated Labour Day on May 23, we were mindful of the fact that honest labour occupies a very important place in the development of children. And with the month of May being designated Child Month, it may, perhaps, be an opportune time...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 AMRoy Black

One of the most commonly accepted inaccuracies floating around these days in music circles is that Bunny Wailer is the only surviving member of the legendary Wailers singing group. Beverley Kelso, one of the surviving symbols and cornerstone of the...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 AMRoy Black

Arthur 'Bunny' Robinson, one half of the duo of Skully and Bunny, transcended musical boundaries when he recorded in duet with his partner the first song in Jamaica's popular music during the post-mento period. It has to be taken seriously because...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 AMRoy Black

Last week's Music Diaries revealed how songwriters, especially those in early popular music, made heroes and heroines out of singers through their writing, while they themselves dwelled in the shadows. The twist to that is that several songwriters...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

As is so often mentioned in previous articles, songwriters in popular music get very little recognition for the work they do.Those songwriters who are also vocalists and write songs for themselves and others are the lucky ones because in the...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

The Grand Caribbean Suite at The Knutsford Court Hotel was filled with nostalgic euphoria recently, as patrons, friends, well-wishers and vinyl record enthusiasts gathered for the launch of the 20th staging of the Vinyl Record Collectors Association...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

Amid the 70th birthday celebrations of the legendary surviving member of the Wailers, we are reminded of the enormous contribution made by the group to the development of Jamaica's popular music and the internationalisation of reggae.And who else is...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:02 AMRoy Black

Last Sunday's Music Diaries highlighted the role played by several Jamaican rocksteady groups in helping to establish the genre as the most rhythmically pleasing music form experienced by Jamaicans. The beat, which had its heyday between late 1966...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 4:14 AMRoy Black

The Rocksteady beat, one of five major music genres in Jamaica's popular music history, has, over the past couple of years, been given somewhat of a renewed recognition as a major driving force in popularising the island's music. The offspring of...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

Laying the foundation for the dissemination of Jamaica's popular music to the outside world is the focus of this retrospective. Last week, the Music Diaries paid tribute to Jimmy James, one of the entertainers who were central to that process.James...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

Vinyl music sessions have become very popular over the past decade. Vinyl record collectors and session organisers across several countries, including Jamaica, have resorted to the vinyl format, as against compact disc and laptops, as a way of...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 4:00 AMRoy Black

Very little focus has been placed on the pre-ska era of Jamaican popular music. Yet, the era has produced several outstanding entertainers who have helped to lay the foundation for ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall that followed.Earliest on the...

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