Category Archives: music

Lee “Scratch” Perry 1936-2021

In the past 18 months Jamaica has witnessed the passing of numerous giants from the golden age of Jamaican music (1960s-1980s). Those that have left us include Bunny Wailer, Bunny Lee, Toots Hibbert, Bob Andy and Dobby Dobson. Yet this … Continue reading

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Bob Andy 1944-2020

Bob Andy’s recent passing is indeed a real shocker. As he was a regular caller in Jamaica to a couple of phone-in radio shows hosted by Mutabaruka and Bongo Jerry Small respectively. Bob’s song “Going Home” kept me going in … Continue reading

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McCoy Tyner 1938 – 2020

The late jazz pianist McCoy Tyner was known mainly for being part of the legendary quartet led by saxophonist John Coltrane during the early 1960s. Elvin Jones (drums) and Jimmy Garrision (bass) were the other members of a foursome that … Continue reading

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The Mighty Diamonds – Royalties Dread

Last week I heard an interview that featured Donald “Tabby” Shaw and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson who both are members of reggae group the Mighty Diamonds. The other member, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson, was absent due to illness. Now the Mighty Diamonds … Continue reading

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The Pioneers of Jamaican Music Speak to Brown Sugar

  Radio programmes in Jamaica continues to be one of the key strengths in local media here. Whether it’s in the area of current affairs, sports, health, politics, law or music the quality of such radio shows is impressive. One … Continue reading

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Bob Marley Day

Bob Marley would have been 70 today had he lived beyond 1981 until now. Just goes to show that despite the great man’s long absence his contribution to music continues to be appreciated and celebrated. In Jamaica numerous events are … Continue reading

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Marcia Griffiths – 50 Years in the Business

Reggae artiste Marcia Griffiths is celebrating 50 years in the music business. Marcia guested Wednesday night on  “Cutting Edge” hosted by Mutabaruka on IRIE FM. Marcia sat for whole duration of “Cutting Edge” which runs from 10pm to 2am each … Continue reading

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Jazz Legend Horace Silver:1928-2014

Whenever friends curious about jazz ask me to recommend a track to introduce them to the genre I tend to go for Miles Davis ‘So What’ or “Blue in Green”, Herbie Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage” or John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things”. … Continue reading

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Abram Wilson – Gone to Higher Place

On June 9 the world of jazz (London jazz especially) lost a great musician in Abram Wilson. Abram was just 38 and succumbed to colon cancer at such a young age. It is really hard to believe that Abram is … Continue reading

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Jamaica at 50 – The Music

6 August 2012 will be the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from British rule. Without question Jamaica has produced a number of gifted individuals and influential products that has made this small island. For an island of 2.5 million people … Continue reading

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