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Eric "Monty" Morris Still Dazzles the Crowds

I had the honor of seeing Eric “Monty” Morris perform in Chicago last weekend on October 25 2014 as as he performed one of his many hits, “Sammy Dead,” I got chills realizing I was witnessing history come alive. Here was the same song that Morris sang 50 years ago, backed by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, at the World’s

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Paying Homage to John Holt

It is with sadness that Foundation Ska pays homage to John Holt today as he passed away on October 19th. Today’s post is by no means an exhaustive look at the life and career of this legendary vocalist, as that would prove almost impossible since he was a prolific performer, but instead it is a snapshot of a few articles

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Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander’s recent album, Concierto de Aranjuez, was recently named a finalist for a 2014 Soul Train Award for Best Traditional Jazz Performance along with Kenny Garrett, Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis and Gregory Porter. The Jamaica Gleaner ran an article in Wednesday’s paper on this honor and stated, “It is the first Soul Train nod for 70-year-old Alexander, who has

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First Lady of Song–Hortense Ellis

If ever there was a talent worthy of recognition that hasn’t had an ounce of it, it’s Hortense Ellis. This is why I feature Hortense Ellis on the cover and devote a lengthy chapter to her in my book Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music which has just been released and is available at skabook.com. I hope you will check

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Jerry Dammers pays tribute to Spaceape

Ghost Town is by far my favorite 2Tone song. Here, at 4:20 in the Youtube video, Spaceape, who passed away yesterday, performs the song in a way that brings extra poignancy and significance to the poetics of the lyrics. Rico is on trombone. That is all.   http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/03/jerry-dammers-pays-tribute-to-the-spaceape