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Author: Peter I

Glasford Manning (of The Jewels) interview

“FROM THE HIGHEST CULTURE” When: About 2004 Where: Portmore, Jamaica Reporter: Peter I Copyright:  2007 – Peter I Initially, a big part of the attraction of Jamaican music was, at least for yours truly, the quantities of local harmony groups to be found. Nowadays it is difficult to believe since the last ten or even twenty years or so has proven it to be a dying artform in reggae, but the tri-part harmony vocals was once a dominating musical force on the island. Cornerstone groups like the Abyssinians, the Meditations, Culture, the Mighty Diamonds, the Morwells, the Wailing Souls,...

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Bobby Ellis Interview

“MR HORNSMAN” When: February, 2004 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I Rarely do we see any extensive features on instrumentalists in reggae music these days. There are so many unsung, exceptional talents from the fifties, sixties and seventies that still awaits any real recognition and appreciation for their efforts in those days. As it tends to be, they’re just ‘names’ on the album covers. But what is their history, where did they start it all and what happened during the heyday of the music? What was their experience looking back on it? There’s a bunch...

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Derrick Morgan Interview

“FIRST STAR OF SKA” When: Unknown Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2007 – Peter I One of the most consistent hitmakers in Jamaican music must be the one and only, Derrick Morgan. He came up at a time when there was no such thing as an ‘established’ music industry on the island – he was part in shaping it from the very foundation with people like Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, childhood friend Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, Owen Gray, Jackie Edwards, Laurel Aitken, and many others. He had that special something which appealed to the common Jamaican that kept...

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Sang Hugh Interview

“NO CALL DREAD NAME” When: March, 2004 Where: Negril, Jamaica Reporter: Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I You could easily get stuck in reasoning how astonishing the fact is that so many great talents has emerged out of this tiny little island in the Caribbean called Jamaica. With this in mind it shouldn’t be surprising even to newcomers to reggae music that no matter how talented some of the artists may be, that in itself was never a guarantee to stay on top and in musical shape too for that matter, even though this goes for most of...

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Interview with Tapper Zukie

“NATTY GOING ON A HOLIDAY” When: About 2006 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2008 – Peter I After the first invasion in the early 1970s of recording deejays U Roy, King Stitt, Dennis Alcapone, Samuel the First and Winston Scotland, amongst others, a second wave was slowly coming up making their names in Jamaican dancehalls; Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo, I Roy, Hugh Roy Jr, Lloyd Young, Ramon, and a young man who was to become a household name for the remainder of the decade, Tapper Zukie. But Tapper made his name while stationed in England in the early seventies...

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Interview with Cornell Campbell

“THE GORGON SPEAKS!” When: Autumn 2004 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I It is such a shame that some of the most talented Jamaican artists haven’t received the true recognition they’re long, long overdue, even until this day. Take the sweet-voiced Cornell Campbell for example. He was always looked upon as one of the island’s brightest talents from the earliest stage of Jamaican shuffle, R&B and ska until he finally broke big in 1969 with the songs ‘Stars’ and ‘Queen Of The Minstrel’, yet he didn’t seem to reach the wider audience he deserved. Somehow...

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Interview with Keithus I

“FLAT FOOT HUSTLING” When: Unknown Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2013 – Peter I Junior Byles, Fred Locks, Prince Alla, I Kong, Little Roy, Pablo Moses, Judah Eskender Tafari, Sang Hugh, Yabby You, Kiddus I, to name a few, exemplified and embodied a new era in the 1970s which produced some of the most distinctive and original sounds previously heard in Jamaican music. Roots music became the order of the day for a while during this decade and many in the younger generation identified with and supported this new ‘movement’ within the industry. Milton Samuels, AKA Keithus I, delivered...

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Interview with David Jahson – Part 2

“STILL CHASING THE BARBER” When: May, 2004 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I In part 2 of the interview, David Jahson talks about his debut album “Natty Chase The Barber”, his collaboration with Inner Circle, his own record label, his connection with Jerry Baxter of Well Pleased & Satisfied, the pirating of his music, and some of his singles. STILL CHASING THE BARBER The ‘Natty Chase The Barber’ album was out on Top Ranking in 1978. Yeah, yeah. It was pressed in Miami, the first release was in Miami. Who stood behind the Top Ranking...

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