COUNT OSSIE

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Count Ossie, born Oswald Williams (1926, St. Thomas, Jamaica - 18 October 1976) was a Jamaican drummer and band leader.

As a young boy Ossie grew in a rasta community where he learned techniques of vocal chanting and hand drumming under the tutelage of Brother Job.[1] In the early 1950s he set up a Rasta community in Rockfort on the east side of Kingston, where many of Kingston's musicians learned about the Rastafari movement. In the late 1950s, he (with other percussionists) formed the Count Ossie Group. His ...

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