Tracing the roots of J’can music

first_imgTwo of the honorees live in South Florida: singers Eric ‘Monty’ Morris and Larry Marshall. Organizers will look at the impact American music has on Jamaican idioms such as mento, ska, rocksteady, roots-reggae and dancehall. Legendary guitarist Ernie Ranglin heads the list of honorees. The 85-year-old musician has been recording since the 1950s and played on, or arranged, some of Jamaican music’s most noted songs. Started in 2011 Howard Campbell The third Rootz Of Music show takes place August 27 at Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Seven persons will be honored during the event which examines the evolution of Jamaican music. They include The Wailers’ It Hurts To Be Alone, on which he played the memorable jazz solo; and My Boy Lollipop , the 1964 ska hit by Millie Small which he arranged. Percussionist Larry McDonald, a contemporary of Morris, is another honoree. He recorded and toured for many years with American poet/activist Gil Scott Heron. Guitarist Eugene Grey, who started the event in 2011, said it is important to educate people about the genesis of reggae. At the same time, persons who contributed to its development should be recognized. He has recorded and toured with a number of acts including Burning Spear. In 1968, Marshall recorded Nanny Goat for producer Clement Dodd at Studio One. It is reputedly the first reggae song. Australian Dennis Sindrey, guitarist with the Caribs band; Charles Cameron, Evrel Grey and Horace Forbes complete the list of those being honored.Grey, who is from rural Hanover parish in Jamaica, is strongly influenced by Ranglin. He started out in bands in Jamaica before migrating to the United States. This year’s theme is, ‘American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy’ Featuring Eugene Grey. Ernie Ranglin heads honorees Morris began his career in the ska era of the early 1960s, recording for producers Prince Buster and Byron Lee. ‘Oil in my Lamp’, ‘Sammy Dead’ and ‘Say What You Say,’ are some of his best-known songs. The latter was covered by Dennis Brown.last_img

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