This timeline shows an interactive journey through Jamaica's rich and ever-shifting musical history; encompassing it's birth, growth and myriad of characters that has made it a genre admired by the world.
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August 1, 1838 marked the end of the apprenticeship period and the official emancipation of all slaves in British colonies. As such this day, Emancipation Day, is observed as a public holiday in Jamaica to provide Jamaicans with the
Tommy McCook (3 March 1927 – 5 May 1998)
Perhaps the most innovative and influential tenor saxophonist in Jamaican popular music; founding member of The Skatalites band; leader of The Supersonics band and member of The Revolutiona
Oswald Williams, (1928-1976)
Count Ossie is said to be among the first if not the first to put niyabinghi drumming to records and so helped to establish and maintain Rastafari culture through Jamaican music; incorporating influence
In 1951 Stanley Motta opened the first Jamaican recording studio on Hanover Street in downtown Kingston where he began to cut mento sides by local artists. The studio released records on his Motta's Recording Studio label.