Playing tracks by
Johnny Clarke, Burning Spear, Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, Gregory isaacs and more.
1976 & 1977 were Reggae's greatest years.
The genre had become more 'Roots'. Civil war was raging both in Angola and on the streets of Jamaica. The lyrical content adopted a more political undercurrent with frequent references to the late Marcus Garvey, MPLA, Repatriation, Black Star Line and a general uprising against the anti-Babylonian dispensation.
I was fortunate to visit the Island for the first time in 1977, aged 3. I was blessed with the opportunity of running barefoot for six weeks among the hills of Gibraltar, St Ann (Knibb Street to be precise), subliminally absorbing the sounds which would later provide the backdrop to my musical career. It left me with an indelible legacy, a memory that has never been erased. My Reggae initiation. Rebel Music from a Rebel People.
NB: Some songs in the mix spill into the 78/79 catchment years, but maintain the original sentiment.