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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1982

image Sister Nancy is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ. One of her most famous songs is "Bam Bam" (1982) which is labeled as a "well-known reggae anthem" by BBC and a classic to many.

1983

image Photo Moment: Eek-a-mouse (taken by Beth Lesser in 1983) View his profile here: http://jamaicansmusic.com/artists/profile/Eek_A_Mouse

1983

image Josey Wales began moonlighting for Henry 'Junjo' Lawes' Volcano sound system, and in 1983, he issued his first-ever single on the Volcano label, "Baby Come Home."

1983

image Frankie Paul's first major hit, the Henry "Junjo" Lawes-produced "Worries in the Dance," aligned him with the emerging dancehall sound in 1983.

1983

image Linval Thompson produced his biggest hit in the 80s, Big Ship by Freddie McGregor. Big Ship was, arguably, the biggest reggae song of 1983.

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