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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1988

image Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers second album "Conscious Party" was released in 1988. It featured singles 'Tomorrow's People' and 'Tumblin Down'. The album was number 1 in the US on the Billboard R&B charts and also reached platin

1988

image "Telephone Love” released by JC Lodge in 1988, was the first dancehall reggae track to cross over in the R&B and hip-hop markets in the United States, topping the urban charts in New York and other cities, and earning her a deal w

1988

image Penthouse Studio opened at 56 Slipe Road in Kingston Jamaica in 1988 by executive producer Donavan Germaine. Penthouse allowed many young artists like Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Tony Rebel, Cutty Ranks, Sanchez or Mad Cobra to laun

1989

image In 1989, a supergroup featuring Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, and Home T recorded together under the auspices of both King Jammy and Gussie Clarke. The resulting album, ‘Holding On’, was a major hit in Jamaica, as were the singles "P

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