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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1980

image NOW AVAILABLE: VP Records offers arguably one of the most historical and genre-comprehensive box sets selected by Edward Seaga, the former Jamaican Prime Minister (1980-1989). Entitled Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican M

1981

image On this day, May 21st in 1981 the Official Funeral Service for the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. (Bob Marley - Berhane Selassie) (d. May 11) was held in Kingston, Jamaica at ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH HOLY TRINITY (89 MAXFIELD AVENU

1981

image Super Cat's first single, the Winston Riley-produced "Mr. Walker", was released in 1981

1981

image Yellowman’s first full-length album, Them a Mad Over Me, was recorded for Channel One in 1981 and featured the hit title track and the single "Me Kill Barnie," an answer record to Lone Ranger's hit "Barnabas Collins."

1981

image Aswad gained a wider audience with their New Chapter album (1981). One of the featured songs "Love Fire" was used as the riddim for Dennis Brown's hit "Promised Land".

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