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Saturday, 18 April 2015


I found this graffiti on a door near Kidwelly castle last week. Excellent work I think you'll agree.

This is some early Jamaican ska from 1959 by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, an instrumental with a nagging horn riff. Apparently Byron Lee had brought back an electric organ and a Fender bass from a trip to the USA and used them on this single- neither instrument had been seen before in Jamaica. It's about this time that Jamaican musicians made the move from imitating American r'n'b to creating something uniquely homegrown.


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