Jamaica History

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In History
  • Duke Reid

    Duke Reid "The Trojan" ran one of the most popular sound systems in Jamaica in the 1950s called Duke Reid's the Trojan. In the 1960s, Reid established record label Treasure Isle and he produced ska and rocksteady music. U-Roy also worked with Reid in the 70's.
  • Jimmy Smith

    Jimmy Smith was a jazz musician whose use on the Hammond B-3 electric organ helped to popularize the instrument.
  • Musicians Immigrate to the UK

    After the success of the hit song “my boy lolli pop”, Artists began immigrating to the UK in seek of music contracts. Jamaican real music was pause during the 1950s which led the musicians to move to UK to seek a better opportunities.
  • Rude Boys

    were a gang treating kingstone and they forced artists to write songs about Rude boys. This music didn’t last for long because it was very violent.
  • Count Ossie

    was a Rastafarian drummers that provided African cross-rhythms and background harmonies. He brought the African influence to Jamaican music by his drumming ability Which had been absent from American R&B and made the music even more uniquely Jamaica. His music genre was Reggae.
  • Alpha-Boys School

    The Alpha-Boys School was a Catholic school of arts based in Jamaica.The school is credited with influencing the development of ska and reggae music. Notable alumnus include The Skatalities, Yellow Man and more.
  • Lee Scratch Perry

    produced music about political issues which appealed to the Jamaican issues at that time. He has a lot of influence on Bob Marley since Bob’s carrier kicked off when he teamed up with Perry. Perry influenced Marley to sing about changes and protests
  • King Tubby

    King Tubby did something with his sound system that was different than the others.he is the first remix artists, long before Deejays were doing this in the western techno or house scene.
  • U-Roy

    U-Roy is credited as being the originator of toasting. King Tubby had started to experiment with his studio equipment in an attempt to create new effects and sounds, which would eventually lead to a new style of Reggae called dub music. U-Roy was the leading DJ and soon became very popular
  • Independence from Great Britain

    Jamaica gained political independence from Britain in 1962 and gave musicians the chance to create a distinctive Jamaican sound. This event made musicians want to create new music and different sounds of Jamaica.
  • Bob Marley

    Bob Marley is the most famous Reggae artist of all time. He helped spread reggae music throughout Jamaica and Rastafarianism all around the world. He stood up for what he believes and rights in his music. His genre of music was Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady.
  • Halie Selassie Visits Jamaica

    Rastafarianism became the Jamaican voice of black consciousness. His visit was a major event in Rastafarian history because it legitimized the movement. Also, his visit was in April 21 which a celebrated as a Rastafarian holiday.
  • DJ Kool Herc

    DJ Kool Herc was a Jamaican Deejay who is credited as being the founder of Hip Hop music. His use of two turnable disco sets formed the base of Hip hop music.
  • Michael Manley Elected PM of Jamaica

    He at first increased ownership and help develop opportunities for the Jamaican people. He used socialism which resulted in hurting and controlling his people. Because of his socialism, Jamaica became an enemy of the U.S which led the economy to go down. Violence was spread over the country and the music reflect anger and violence.
  • Release of The Harder They Come

    The movie shows how music is the heart of the Jamaican people daily’s life and a way of making money In Jamaica. The movie revealed the greed part that artists can get by wanting to be more famous and have more money which leads them to kill people just to gain that popularity. The director showed how these things became big and bold through the rude boys. The harder they come brought Jamaican music to the world and helped establish Jimmy cliff as Jamaicas first global reggae star.
  • Sly and Robbie

    The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare joined in the 1970s, after gaining popularity separately in Jamaica. Sly and Robbie are one of reggae's most prolific and long lasting production teams.
  • Shooting of Bob Marley

    Bob Marley backed the Peoples Party headed by Michael Manley, the rival of Edward Seagas party. The shooting of Bob Marley in 1976 motivated Jamaicans to spread the words of Marley.
  • Edward Seaga

    Manley gave up his power to Edward seaga who changed Jamaica to the better by establishing good relations with the U.S and that helped the economy a lot.
  • Shabba Ranks

    he is a dancehall artist who became favorable by the American audiences because the music was similar to Hip-Hop in the United States. He helped to spread the dancehall music in all over the world.
  • Death of Bob Marley

    after his death, his lyrics and his music were much more appreciated.
  • Yellowman

    Yellowman is a Jamaican Reggae Dancehall Deejay. He was popular for his "slackness" and ability to ride a riddim like no other DJ at the time. With top selling singles like "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng"
  • King Jammy

    King Jammy is a dub mixer and music producer and was one of the most influential producers of dancehall music. His hits included "Under Me Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith, with a digital rhythm. Many credit this song as being the first "Digital rhythm" in reggae, leading to the modern dancehall era.
  • Soul II Soul

    Soul II Soul is a female band formed in the UK who attracted attention using the method of sound system. Best known for their 1989 UK and U.S. hit, "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)".
  • Shaggy

    Shaggy, an American-Jamaican artist garbed the American audience attention with his hit songs like "boombastic". Shaggy used Hip Hop and reggae in his songs as well as sex appeal.
  • Buju Banton

    Buju Banton is a successful Dancehall Reggae artist. His songs were politically motivated and influenced by Marcus Garvey a roponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements.
  • Damien Marley

    Son of Bob Marley, he has been in the music business since he was a child. He is a Rastafari like his father and his mission is to spread the words of his father and his music reflects both his beliefs and the Rastafari guiding principles of one love, one planet, and freedom for all nations.
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