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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1972

image In 1972, Higgs won the Tourist Song Competition with "Invitation to Jamaica," whose prizes included a trip to New York, where he performed for the first time. The bouncy tune was uncharacteristic of his more normal roots sound, whic

1972

image In 1972, Bunny Wailer formed his own Solomonic label, releasing "Search For Love" as his first single.

1972

image Dobby Dobson's 1972 cover of "That Wonderful Sound" was a smash right across the Caribbean, the best-selling single of its time.

1973

image Bob Marley and the Wailer's 'Catch A Fire' album with the famous zippo cover is released (1973)

1973

image Lee Scratch Perry built Black Ark studio in 1973 in Washington Gardens, Kingston (Jamaica). Artists who were produced and/or recorded at the Black Ark include Bob Marley and The Wailers, Max Romeo, Mighty Diamonds, The Heptones and

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