TIMELINE EXPLORE OUR HISTORY

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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1958

image King Tubby formed his own sound system 'Tubby's Home-Town Hi-Fi' in 1958. It was famed for its high quality and innovation.

1958

image Possibly, the first ska single was "Little Sheila" by Laurel Aitken, recorded in 1958.

1958

image Joe Higgs and Roy Wilson's "Oh Manny Oh" (1958) produced by former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga, was one of the first records to be pressed in Jamaica and went on to sell 50,000 copies.

1959

image Nicky Thomas' first hint of success came with the release of 1959 "Run Nigel Run" produced by veteran singer Derrick Harriott and credited to The Chuckles.

1959

image Byron Lee presenting former Prime Minister Edward Seaga with a copy of the group's 1959 album 'Dumplings', which Seaga produced. Dumplings was Byron Lee's first song which was an instant hit

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