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Leftover Links #15: Jamaica


The latest edition of Leftover Links is all about Jamaica, with articles featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry, Count Ossie and the beginnings of rock steady.

We continue our Jamaica Month with a range of articles involving the island’s music and culture and how it has affected the world around it. You may be surprised to not see any articles specifically about Bob Marley. That’s purely because Jamaica is so much more than one artist and with Jamaica Month, we’re hoping to educate those on every corner of the island. Get to readin’!

  1. Rock Steady’s Beginnings: An Introduction to Jamaican Music’s Most Influential Genre – David Katz explains how rock steady began – and why it remains one of Jamaica’s most important genres. (RBMA)
  2. Monty Alexander: One Love – “You hear those beats and those rhythms from Jamaica – you’d better start moving to that rhythm! You gonna move unless you’re dead,” said Monty Alexander. The Jamaican born jazz pianist spoke with Israeli culture blog, Midnight East, about his life and work. (Midnight East)
  3. Don Drummond: Jamaica’s Most Talented and Troubled Trombonist– RBMA profile the talent of trombonist Don Drummond, who was seen as one of the most important architects of ska. (RBMA)
  4. Count Ossie and the Birth of Reggae – David Katz returns to discuss how a single drummer named Count Ossie became a legend in Jamaican music history. (RBMA)
  5. The Ultimate Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Guide – Something of a holy figure in Jamaican music and culture, Lee “Scratch” Perry is synonymous with the sound of reggae and dub. David Katz explores the Jamdown wizard’s incredible life. (RBMA)
  6. Rasta Shook Them Up: Haile Selassie’s Visit to Jamaica – RBMA’s reggae historian David Katz returns again with the story of Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica in 1966 and it’s cultural influence. (RBMA)
  7. Reggae And Sound System Culture In The UK – A little self indulgent but it’s all Jamaica oriented. Our very own reggae lover Bee discusses the UK’s sound system culture and how it has blossomed over the years from it’s origins in Jamaica. (Sampleface)
  8. ego trip Movie Night Double Feature: This is Ska! (1964) & Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music (2002) – The folks at ego trip put on a double feature for their Movie Night series with a 1964 documentary on ska music and a history of reggae in 2002’s Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music. (ego trip)