Beth Lesser : Witness To Reggae | New Section

by Jul 31, 2019News

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Beth Lesser – Witness To Reggae: The 80s Archives

We’re very proud and honoured to present our collaboration with well-known reggae photographer and writer Beth Lesser. She has provided lots of wonderful stuff from her archives, which made it possible to create a brand new section for our website fully dedicated to the works of this devoted reggae fan since the 1970s. For now, the section called “Witness To Reggae: The 80s Archives” features iconic photos, Reggae Quarterly Magazines and introductions to must-have books about Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion, King Jammy and Dancehall.

During the 1980s, Beth and her radio producer husband Dave Kingston travelled frequently to Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, NY from their home in Toronto, Canada to follow the changing reggae scene. Starting out with her first 35mm camera, lighting up the chalice and getting married with Dave at Sugar Minott’s house, she collected an archive of material over the years that she likes to make available to the public – to present and future reggae scholars and fans. We happily help her to achieve this goal.

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Beth Lesser & David Kingston Wedding Dance

Youth Promotion @ HQ, 1 Robert Crescent, Kingston 5, 24th February 1986

Featuring: Sugar Minott, Mikey General, Little Rohan, Daddy Shark, Daddy Ants, Sadoo, Lyrical, Billy The Kid, Thriller, Dona P, Yellow Bird, Yami Bolo

Selector – Major Stitch
Mixer – Talouse

“Where better to have your wedding than at the headquarters of one of Jamaica’s leading sounds. With the help of their friends at Youth Promotion that’s exactly what Dave and Beth decided to do, and here is one part of their wedding dance which Jah Stitch recorded and presented to them as a reminder of their special day. Fittingly it starts with Stitch dropping the needle on Michael Prophet’s “Here Comes The Bride” and a succession of YP artists, including Sugar Minott himself singing and deejaying his own take on the wedding song, step up to wish them well. Thirty three years on and their treasured memories live on here.”