King Jammy goes digital

JAMMY… to
distribute 10
of his albums
digitally

AN American company has teamed with influential producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James to distribute 10 of his albums digitally.
The company, 21st Hapilos Digital, announced that it will release ‘best
of’ collections from Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, Johnny
Clarke and Linval Thompson.
Albums from roots singers Michael Prophet, Barry Brown and Eccleton
Jarrett, as well as deejay General Trees and harmony trio The Tamlins
complete the list of 21st Hapilos Digital releases.
Each contains Jammys productions of songs that made most of the artistes
popular. In the case of Andy, Skylarking and Girl I Love You.
The Jammys catalogue is a formidable one, comprising some of the biggest
hits in dancehall and roots-reggae of the 1980s and 1990s.
Horace Andy
One of his biggest productions is Under mi Sleng Teng, a massive hit for
singer Wayne Smith in 1985. It is recognised as one of the early
computerised dancehall songs and dramatically transformed the genre’s
sound.
James has been reissuing his catalogue in recent years through VP Records’ popular 17 North Parade series.
The majority of Jammys hit songs were recorded at his legendary studio in the St Andrew community of Waterhouse.
Most of the biggest names in dancehall, from Tenor Saw to Cocoa
Gregory Isaacs
 Tea and
Shabba Ranks, have recorded hit songs for the Jammys label.

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