Jamaica’s musical legacy in 60 songs, from Bob Marley to Popcaan – •

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] In celebration of Jamaica’s Independence Day, Patricia Meschino (Rolling Stone) provides an in depth panorama of Jamaica’s musical legacy in 60 songs, together with music by The Abyssinians, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Bounty Killa, Buju Banton, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Cocoa Tea, Tradition, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Etana, Gregory Isaacs, Hopeton Lewis, Bob Marley (and a number of other different Marleys), The Maytals, Lincoln “Sugar” Minott, Derrick Morgan, Sean Paul, Popcaan, Shabba Ranks and Crystal, Burning Spear, The Skatalites, Millie Small, Tanya Stephens, Third World, Peter Tosh, U Roy, and so many extra.

For the total listing of performers, descriptions, songs, and audio information, go to Rolling Stone. Meschino writes:

Within the 60 years since Jamaica achieved its independence from England, on Aug. 6, 1962, the tiny Caribbean nation has created a few of the world’s most influential musical kinds, together with ska, rock regular, reggae, dub, and dancehall. Likewise, over the previous 60 years, Jamaican artists have distilled inspirations from numerous elements of the world into distinctive sounds that, when coupled with the island’s astonishingly prolific recorded output, has made “the land of wooden and water,” as its first inhabitants, the Arawak Indians referred to as it, some of the vital musical locations on the earth. 

To rejoice Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee, we’ve compiled a listing of 60 songs, one music per yr, to inform the story of the island’s musical evolution. Some tracks have been chosen as a result of they heralded a brand new path in sound, others sparked a motion, some engendered controversy, marked a turning level in an artist’s profession, or had a major influence on the time of their launch. 

As a result of Jamaica has been blessed with an abundance of extraordinary musical expertise, the listing options only one entry per artist. Nonetheless, those that are acknowledged for a solo effort can also be listed for recordings they made as a part of a bunch or in collaboration with one other performer. As a result of there have been simply too many data to select from for any given yr, some necessary releases might not seem on the listing. However that’s only a reminder of how amazingly wealthy this historical past is. [. . .]

For full article and songs, go to https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/jamaica-greatest-songs-marley-popcaan-reggae-1390124


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