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Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Legendary Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer, and sound system operator of the 1960s, Prince Buster, celebrated a birthday last week. The milestone revives memories of some of the most intriguing and dramatic episodes concerning Buster...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

At the crack of dawn on Labour Day earlier this week, thousands of Jamaicans embarked on their various chores, totally oblivious of the fact that one of the most iconic musical figures - Desmond Dekker, who laboured incessantly to develop and...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:47 AMRoy Black

Wilfred ‘Jackie’ Edwards was one of the early Jamaican recording artistes who utilised Latin rhythms to great effect in their recordings. Some say Edwards was Jamaica’s first superstar, having placed four number one singles on the...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Another Blues giant has passed on. This time it's B.B. King. He made the transition last Thursday, four months short of his 90th birthday.King was third in a line of three luminaries who passed away in quick succession, the others being Percy Sledge...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 10:32 AMRoy Black

Just before the euphoric rise of the thunderous Jamaican ska beat, there existed a stream of Jamaican recordings that drew heavily from Latin rhythms. Labelled by some scholars as Jamaican ballads, they emerged just at the turn of the 1960s and...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The name Ben E. King became a household one in Jamaica during the 1960s. His love for the island, evidenced by the many trips he made here, and the love the people had for him and his songs, gained for him that status. In a 2005 interview, King was...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

As Jamaican dub and roots reggae makes a heavy resurgence and mark on the music scene, Bunny 'Striker' Lee, pioneer of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall, and record producer in his own right, is promoting his book and documentary.They explain...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

His legacy lives on'When a man loves a woman,can't keep his mind on nothin' else.He'd trade the world for the good thing he's found.If she's bad he can't see it, she can do no wrong.And turn his back on his best friend if he puts her down.When a man...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Much has been written and said about the late Byron Lee, concerning his contribution to soca music and the establishment of carnival in Jamaica. But there is much more to the man than just soca and carnival. Lee was an outstanding footballer for St...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The 1982 introduction of the compact disc (CD), a digital music playback format that used a laser to record the disc, threatened to eclipse the use of the vinyl record format that was then in use. The demise of the vinyl record seemed real, as CD...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

To most of Nat King Cole's fans, he was considered the warm-voiced singer of ballads, love songs and happy songs that sent an aura of romanticism to all who came into contact with his music. But on the contrary, following his adopted path as a jazz...

Published:Wednesday | February 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The YAHBA album, Jus' Wicked, is a bubbling 'Yabba pot' of musical selections, featuring a galaxy of stars that were popular during the 1960s and 1970s.If ever there was a collection of songs that linked the present and the future with the past, and...

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Greenwich Farm yields musical stalwartsDuring the 1970s, the music coming out of Kingston 13 was the backbone of the Jamaica music industry. The Soul Syndicate Band, which played on over 60 per cent of all recordings done during that era, was an...

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

It was on a bright fate-deciding Monday evening in late 1963, that five youngsters - Robert Nester Marley, Neville Livingstone, Winston M

Published:Sunday | January 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The high point of male vocalising in popular music was epitomised by the mellow-toned, crystalline vocal delivery of Sam Cooke.

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Singers Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls may seem far apart in their styles, but they had a lot of things in common.

Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Sister Ignatius and Alpha legacy continues with the transitioning of the school from a residential home for some 80 boys, ranging in

Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Jamaica has lost another stalwart in the field of popular music with the passing of John Holt in England last Sunday, October 19.

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Acclaimed Jamaican concert pianist and artistic director, Orrett Rhoden, is set to launch his third annual Rhoden International Musical F

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