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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1990

image In August 1990, IRIE FM, a radio station dedicated solely to the playing of reggae music started broadcasting from studios in Ocho Rios, St Ann (Jamaica)

1990

image Maxi Priest is one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have an American Billboard number one: "Close to You" in 1990.

1991

image Today, January 16th, in 1991, UB40's single "The Way You Do The Things You Do" [Virgin] was certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1991

image Shabba Ranks scored a major-label deal with Epic in 1991. His Epic debut, As Raw as Ever, featured a high-profile duet with the then-hot Maxi Priest, "Housecall." "Housecall" made the Top Five on the R&B charts, sending As Raw as Ev

1992

image In September 1992 Jamaican dub poet, Mutabaruka had a No.1 hit with his single "Johnny Drug Head". It appeared on several US-based music charts.

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