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...Bob Marley’s group, the Wailers, evolved out of previous projects and became the most important reggae touring act of the 1970s, bringing the Jamaican musical form to audiences around the globe. Originally a doo-wop-tinged ska group known...

Max Romeo

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...Max Romeo is a reggae and roots reggae artist and producer who is popular in both Jamaica and the UK. Romeo was born Maxwell Livingston Smith on November 22, 1947, in St D’Acre, Jamaica. He left home at the age of fourteen to work...
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...While a more prominent diaspora had already introduced Jamaican music to the British mainstream, in 1969 Desmond Dekker became the first Jamaican artist performing Jamaican music to have a Top 10 single in the United States. Born Desmond...

Shabba Ranks

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...Shabba Ranks is a Jamaican pop dancehall musician, known for his toasting (or rapping) reggae music. Ranks is the first dancehall reggae artist to have won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Ranks was born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon...

Jimmy Cliff

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...Jimmy Cliff’s career spanned an era that saw the international popularization of ska and reggae music. Born in St. James, Jamaica in 1948, Cliff started writing songs at a young age while listening to his neighbor’s music. He entered...
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...Lee Perry OD, also known as “Scratch” and “The Upsetter,” is a Jamaican record producer and reggae singer. Perry has influenced the Jamaican pop music genre and is considered the inventor of the reggae rhythm through his use of sampling...

Last Word: Dubwise

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...Drawing Sonic Bodies to a close, we can listen for the echo of its findings. The distance travelled by thinking through the wavebands of sounding has been considerable: from a contemporary vernacular culture – the “vibes” of all-night...

A Jamaican Recording Studio Ethnography

Ray Hitchins

Ray Hitchins has worked in the Jamaican music industry since 1981. In addition to his credits as a touring and studio musician, he ran a successful Kingston-based production company and in 2011 completed a PhD in ethnomusicology at Leeds University. He currently lectures at The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vibe Merchants: The Sound Creators of Jamaican Popular Music

Taylor & Francis Group, 2014

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...Through the normal course of my work as a practising musician, I had the opportunity of conducting an ethnographic study of a recording session as participant/observer. To the best of my knowledge, this represents the first example...

Drum Machines and Synthesizers: The Serial Recording Model

Ray Hitchins

Ray Hitchins has worked in the Jamaican music industry since 1981. In addition to his credits as a touring and studio musician, he ran a successful Kingston-based production company and in 2011 completed a PhD in ethnomusicology at Leeds University. He currently lectures at The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vibe Merchants: The Sound Creators of Jamaican Popular Music

Taylor & Francis Group, 2014

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...This chapter sets out to assess some of the critical changes that occurred in Jamaican music production as a direct result of the introduction of new instruments, such as the Yamaha DX7 and Oberheim DMX drum machine, at the start...

Fine-tuning

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...Jamaican sound system engineers are sonic bodies; figures of sound; true audiophiles; and connoisseurs of vibrations, just as wine tasters, perfumers or fine artists are connoisseurs of their respective palettes. Jamaican audio engineers...