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Original Rasta Recordings 1955-1969

Original Rasta Recordings 1955-1969

About the show

Playing tracks by

Lord Lebby and The Jamaican Calypsonians, The Reggae Boys, Zoot Simms, Laurel Aitken, Delroy Wilson and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 5th in the #ska chart.

The following is a mix of some of the earliest recordings with themes relating to aspects of Rastafari, touching on some mento rhythms, moving on into the ska era, and on out into the early reggae and proto-roots sounds...played broadly in order of oldest first...not complete of course, just some choice moments.

Rastafari culture has always had a somewhat tense relationship with the popular recording industry of Jamaica, and there are still orthodox Rastas today who feel the two should never mix, but inevitably they did, and in my opinion the world is a richer place for it. What's more the persecution of Rastafarians made the expression of Rasta thinking on record a dangerous activity, that only becomes more explicit in gradual steps over the years. The tracks featured here run against the norms of popular Jamaican music at the time.

Track-by-track run down, download link, more mixes etc here: