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(1945—1981) Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter

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Admiral Tibet

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B. Kenneth Allen, 2 October 1960, Freehill, Jamaica, West Indies. Among the more ‘correct’ or ‘cultural’ of the new dancehall singers, Tibet enshrined his approach with the title track of...

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African Herbsman (Bob Marley album)

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Prior to the universal success that Bob Marley later experienced, he was already a giant at home. Having worked with all the legendary producers, he still could not find the ...

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Al Anderson

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B. Albert Anderson, 1950, Jersey, New York, USA. Anderson learnt to play the trombone prior to his expulsion from the Mount Clairidge High School. He later enrolled at the Berklee ...

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Andrew Tosh

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B. Andrew McIntosh, June 1967, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Andrew was exposed to Wailers music from birth, as his father was Peter Tosh and his mother was Shirley Livingstone, sister ...

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Andy Capp

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B. Lynford Anderson, 1941, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Anderson worked on various recording sessions for a variety of performers in Jamaica. An early production of George Penny’s ‘Win...

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Anthony B.

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B. Keith Blair, 31 March 1976, Trelawny, Jamaica, West Indies. Anthony B. shot to fame in 1996 when his hugely controversial single, ‘Fire Pon Rome’, became one of the biggest ...

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Apache Indian

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B. Steven Kapur, 11 May 1967, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. The ‘Don Raja’ of UK Asian raggamuffin, Apache Indian came to represent a cross-cultural fusion of musics that both baffled...

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Askia Modibo

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B. c.1968, Ke-Macina, Mali. In his formative years, Modibo sang ancestral Bambara songs accompanied on the flute while he travelled with his nomadic family. Following his schooling and a...

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Aston 'Familyman' Barrett

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B. Aston Francis Barrett, 22 November 1946, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Barrett acquired his nickname during his teenage years through his numerous romantic liaisons. His unruly...

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Babatunde Olatunji

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B. Michael Babatunde Olatunji, 7 April 1927, Ajido, Nigeria, d. 6 April 2003, Salinas, California, USA. Drummer and dance band Olatunji moved to the USA in 1950 to study at ...

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Babylon By Bus (Bob Marley album)

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Capturing Bob Marley and the Wailers at their creative peak, Babylon By Bus is a righteously grooving collection of recordings from the group’s 1978 European tour. An excellent companion to...

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Bedouin Soundclash

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Jay Malinowski (b. 1982, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; vocals/guitar), Eon Sinclair (b. 1981; bass) and Pat Pengelly (drums) make up this Canadian-based trio. Taking their name from an album by...

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Beenie Man

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B. Anthony Moses Davis, 22 August 1973, Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Davis started his musical career toasting at the age of five. His uncle Sydney Wolf was a musician ...

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Ben Harper

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B. Benjamin Chase Harper, 28 October 1969, Claremont, California, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Harper hails from the arid Inland Emire region, 50 miles east of Los Angeles. His...

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Benjamin Zephaniah

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(1958– ),

poet and playwright who left school aged 13, and spent many of his teenage years in youth institutions. He came to public attention as a performance poet, and as the...

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Beverley's

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Beverley’s was the name of a record shop based at 135 Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica. The shop was run by three Chinese Jamaican brothers. One of the family, Leslie Kong ...

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Big Daddy Kinsey

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B. Lester Kinsey, 18 March 1927, Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, USA, 3 April 2001. An acknowledged disciple of Muddy Waters, Kinsey owned his first guitar at the age of six. Before ...

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Big Youth

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B. Manley Augustus Buchanan, 19 April 1949, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. A stylistic and artistic innovator of the highest order, Big Youth started adult life, following a youth of...

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Bill Laswell

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B. 12 February 1955, Salem, Illinois, USA. Laswell started playing guitar but later switched to bass. He was, he has said, more interested in being in a band than in ...

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Bingie Barker

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B. Lionel Barker, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Barker was raised in a musical environment; his father was the local Calypso King, Lord Jellico and his mother Esmie sang in the ...

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