VP Records to launch Seaga’s ‘Origins of Jamaican Music’
Jamaican Music, will be launched by Jamaican-owned, New York-based VP
Records on Friday, October 19 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New
extensive liner notes and track-by-track notations in a 64-page booklet;
iconic photos from Jamaica’s 50 years as a sovereign nation; a preface
from VP’s president, Chris Chin; and foreword by musicologists Dermot
Hussey and John Masouri.
its 50th anniversary of Independence, he felt it was an appropriate time
to complete it.
Beckford’s Easy Snapping, recorded in 1956 by Clement Dodd and released
on his Coxson and Studio One labels in 1959.
compilation with his own production, Dumplings, by Byron Lee and the
Dragonaires, which was also released in 1959.
although it was the first locally produced song to make the Radio
Jamaica (RJR) Top 10.
Jamaica where Graeme Goodall, an Australian engineer who came to Jamaica
to help introduce Rediffusion to islanders, found a way to make the RJR
studios lucrative after radio hours.
Thompson Avenue in Trench Town, where Beckford lived and learned to play
music from an old piano owned by his mother.
music was well on its way to dominating local radio, and the local film
industry had already given birth.
talented duo, Higgs & Wilson from Jones Town, which is third on the
dominance of Dodd’s Studio One and, to some extent, Treasure Isle, in
Alphanso, Tommy McCook, as well as veteran singers like Derrick Harriott
and Barrington Levy, is absent. This could have been due to copyright
inside position in those early days, as founder of the sophisticated
West Indies Records Limited (WIRL) in the late 1950s.
as minister development and Welfare, he created the Festival movement.
after retiring from politics, was putting together a box set chronicling
the emergence and growth of the music.
reflecting on its first 50 years of Independence and considering the