Big Youth

Big Youth — aka Manley Augustus Buchanan (born April 19, 1949) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who debuted with the pioneering Screaming Target album on Jaguar in 1972, followed by a run of titles over the ensuing trilustrum on Agustus Buchanan, Nichola Delita, Heartbeat Records, and other labels. Discography: Screaming Target (1972) […]

Zap Pow

Zap Pow were a Jamaican reggae band that released albums on Trojan, Vulcan, and Wham-Pac between 1976 and 1978. Members: Dwight Pinkney (guitar, backing vocals), Michael “Zap Pow” Williams (bass, backing vocals), David Madden (trumpet, backing vocals), Glen DaCosta (tenor saxophone), Joe McCormack (trombone), Richard ‘T-Bird’ Johnson (keyboards), Danny Mowatt (drums), Max Edwards (drums, backing […]

Yabby U

Yabby U — aka Vivian Jackson (Aug. 14, 1946 — Jan. 12, 2010) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who relesed albums on Prophets, Grove, Nationwide, and various other labels between 1976 and 1984. Discography: Conquering Lion (1975) King Tubby’s Prophesy of Dub (1976 • King Tubby & Yabby You) Chant Down Babylon […]

Trinity

Trinity — aka Wade Brammer — is a Jamaican reggae artist and deejay who released albums on Magnum, Trojan, Burning Sounds, and numerous other labels between 1977 and 1983. Discography: Clash (1977 • Dillinger verses Trinity) Shanty Town Determination (1977) Three Piece Suit (1977) Up Town Girl (1977) At His Toasting Best (1978) Dreadlocks Satisfaction […]

Third World

Third World are a Jamaican roots-reggae band that released six albums on Island Records between 1976 and 1980, followed by a round of titles on CBS during the subsequent four-year period. Members: Michael “Ibo” Cooper (keyboards, 1973-97), Steven “Cat” Coore (guitar, cello), Richard Daley (bass), Carl Barovier (drums), Willie Stewart (drums, 1977-97), Irvin “Carrot” Jarret […]

Sugar Minott

Sugar Minott — aka Lincoln Barrington Minott (May 25, 1956 — July 10, 2010) — was a Jamaican roots-reggae artist who released albums on Studio One, Trojan, Mango, and Gorgon between 1977 and 1979, followed by more than 60 albums on assorted labels during the subsequent three decades. Discography: Live Loving (1977) Showcase (1977) Bitter […]

Tappa Zukie

Tappa Zukie — aka David Sinclair (born July 2, 1955) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who debuted with an album on Count Shelly in 1973, followed by titles on Klick, Stars, and Front Line during the remainder of the decade. Discography: Man Ah Warrior (1973) M.P.L.A. (1976) Tapper Zukie in Dub (1976) […]

The Royals

The Royals were a Jamaican soul-reggae band that issued a run of singles on Blue Beat and numerous other labels between 1964 and 1975. In 1977, the band released the album Pick Up the Pieces on Magnum Records, followed by three further albums on Ballistic between 1978 and 1981. Members: Roy Cousins, Errol Green, Berthram […]

The Revolutionaries

The Revolutionaries were a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae session band centered on the drum/bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. More than 30 releases bore the nameplate on Earthquake, Trojan, Ballistic, and numerous other labels between 1976 and 1981. Members: Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Ossie Hibbert (keyboards), Ansel Collins (keyboards), Tarzan Nelson (keyboards), Radcliffe […]

Prince Jazzbo

Prince Jazzbo — aka Linval Roy Carter (Sept. 3, 1951 — Sept. 11, 2013) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who released three albums during the mid-1970s on Live And Love, Black Wax, and Third World. Discography: …Step Forward Youth (1975 • I Roy vrs Prince Jazbo) Kick Boy Face (1976) Natty Passing […]

Prince Hammer

Prince Hammer — aka Beris Simpson — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who issued a round of singles on Gold Cup in 1976, followed by the album Bible on Virgin in 1978. The following year yielded two album on Hitrun and Miss Pat Walker. Discography: Bible (1978) Roots Me Roots (1979) World War […]

Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh — aka Winston Hubert MacIntosh (Oct. 19, 1944 — Sept. 11, 1987) — was a Jamaican roots-reggae musician who rose to prominence during the 1960s as a member of the Wailers. In 1976, he released the album Legalize It on Intel Diplo/Columbia, followed by three further albums on the imprint during the late […]

Peter Straker

Peter Straker (born Nov. 7, 1943) is a Jamaican cabaret-pop singer who issued three singles on Polydor at the start of the 1970s, followed by the album Private Parts on RCA in 1972. He reemerged on EMI in 1977 with the Freddie Mercury-produced This One’s on Me, followed by Changeling in 1978. His final album, […]

The Meditations

The Meditations were a Jamaican reggae trio that cut several singles on Wild Flower and other small-presses during the mid-1970s, followed by a run of albums on Sound Proof, Gorgon, Wackie’s, and other labels since 1977. Discography: Message From The Meditations (1976) Wake Up! (1977) Guidance (1979) No More Friend (1983) For the Good of […]

Max Romeo

Max Romeo — aka Maxwell Livingston Smith (Nov. 22, 1947) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist who released a string of singles on Lee’s and Unity during the late 1960s, culminating with the album A Dream on Panama Records. Since that time, he has released more than 30 albums on Dynamic Sounds, Solid Groove, and […]

Marcia Griffiths

Marcia Griffiths (born Nov. 23, 1949) is a Jamaican singer who emerged as the featured vocalist in The Reggaes during the early 1970s. As a solo performer, she released the album Sweet Bitter Love on Wild Flower in 1974, followed by albums on Sky Note, Penthouse, and other labels from 1978-onward. Discography: Sweet Bitter Love […]

Leroy Brown

Leroy Brown is a Jamaican roots-reggae artist who released the album Prayer of Peace on Caturna in 1976 with backing by His Defence Force. In 1981, he released a solo album on Rhythm Gits. Discography: Prayer of Peace (1976 • Leroy Brown & His Defence Force) Face to Face (1981)