Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sounds & Pressure

Sounds & Pressure `Celebrating over 50 Years of the Jamaican Recorded Music Industry`.
The celebration is spread over 2006/ 2007 and seeks to highlight the contribution made by the artistes, musicians, producers, promoters and others. The Sounds & Pressure committee comprises Julian `Jingles` Reynolds (chairman), Kingsley Goodison (vice chairman), Colby Graham, Roy Black, Colin Leslie, Kieth Lumsden, Herbie Miller, Dennis Howard, Kamille Williams and Wayne Chen.
Born out of the celebration is, Reggae Music Heritage Tour, a tour which traces the urban path and origins of Jamaica's unique music and its impact on the world stage. It traces the path of the Jamaican greats, starting on Orange Street(Beat Street) and making stops at sites of Techniques (Winston Riley), Lee `Scratch` Perry, Tom `The Great Sebastian` Wong, Sir Coxsone, Bunny Lee, Clancy Eccles, Prince Buster, JJ Johnson, Beverleys and at Leggo's Recording Studio, the only remaining recording studios still operating in the downtown area. An interesting stop on the tour is the site (Big Yard) where Dennis Brown (Crown Prince of Reggae) grew up.
The King Street leg of the tour takes in sites such as Jubilee Tile Garden, Forresters Hall (North Street), The Wailers Record Shop, Derrick Harriott and Headley Jones. Other stops include the refurbished Liberty Hall (Marcus Garvey UNIA), Ward Theatre and the famous Victoria Pier. Nanny's Corner at Love Lane and Beeston Street is turning out to be one of the most interesting stops. This is where Sir Coxsone Downbeat sound system originated and where the early rehearsal took place for Sir Coxsone's sojourn into recordings.
This tour is a must for all who are true lovers, researchers, writers and fans of Jamaican music.
Colby Graham/Vintage Boss.

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