MUTABARUKA – CUTTING EDGE 03/02/2016

MUTABARUKA – CUTTING EDGE 02/03/2016
Winston “Merritone” Blake, the venerated Jamaican musicologist, producer, and owner/operator of Merritone Music, succumbed to complications from asthma on Feb. 27 at a Kingston hospital. He was 75.

Merritone is Jamaica’s oldest continually operational sound system, founded in 1950, prior to the emergence of the island’s indigenous popular music forms and its prolific recording industry.

“We were here before reggae, when R&B records were played alongside calypso, mento and country and western, that’s what filled Jamaica’s dance floors back then,” Blake reminisced in a July 2015 interview with Billboard in Kingston. “When rock and roll came in, R&B dried up in the U.S. that’s when Jamaica started making its own music.”

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