African Rhythms, KFAI 04/26/12

Jamaica became an independent country in 1962 and for the past 50 years has been an international musical powerhouse, moving from ska to rock steady to reggae, roots and dancehall and beyond. General Moses (Legends of Ska) joined Brad Wrolstad on this week’s African Rhythms for a two hour survey of the evolution of Jamaican music featuring cuts from Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan, Alton Ellis, The Ethiopians, Desmond Dekker, Freddie McGregor, Black Uhuru, Jacob Miller and a host of others. You can hear the show (available for two weeks after broadcast) and see the playlist at the KFAI site.

Lord LebbySweet Jamaica
album: Dip & Fall Back: Classic Jamaican Mento; label: Trojan
The SkatalitesPhoenix City
album: Phoenix City: History of the World’s Greatest Ska; label: Trojan
Lynn Taitt & the Baba Brooks BandMagnificent Ska
album: Ska After Ska After Ska; label: Heartbeat
Alton EllisDance Crasher
album: Be True to Yourself; label: Trojan
Derrick MorganTougher Than Tough
album: Rare & Unreleased Original 1960s Ska; label: Erni
Prince BusterBuster’s Shack
album: 7″; label: Prince Buster
Prince BusterToo Hot
album: 7″; label: Prince Buster
The EthiopiansTrain to Skaville
album: Let’s Do Rocksteady; label: Trojan
Toots & the Maytals54-46 That’s My Number
album: Let’s Do Rocksteady; label: Trojan
Ken BootheSay You
album: Roots of Reggae: Rock Steady; label: Rhino
Derrick HarriottThe Loser
album: Trojan Rock Steady Box; label: Trojan
Alton EllisRock Steady
album: Roots of Reggae: Rock Steady; label: Rhino
The JamaicansBa Ba Boom
album: Trojan Rock Steady Box; label: Trojan
Desmond Dekker & the AcesIntensified ’68
album: Let’s Do Rocksteady; label: Trojan
Black UhuruI Love King Selassie
album: Love Crisis; label: Greensleeves
Freddie McGregorAfrica Here I Come
album: Studio One Roots; label: Soul Jazz
Burning SpearThe Invasion/Black Wa Da Da
album: The Best of Burning Spear; label: Island
Freddie McGregorJoggin’
album: Tougher Than Tough; label: Mango
Gregory IsaacsSinner Man
album: The Winner; label: Trojan
The GladiatorsJah Works
album: Proverbial Reggae; label: Front Line
The WailersGet Up, Stand Up
album: Burnin’; label: Island
Jacob Miller & Inner CircleTired Fe Lick Weed In a Bush
album: Forward Jah Jah Children; label: Trojan
The ViceroysYah Oh Yah Oh
album: King Jammy: A Man & his Music; label: Ras
The UpsettersCurly Dub
album: Super Ape; label: Island
Jimmy CliffGuns of Brixton
album: 7″; label: Collective Sounds
Barrington LevyGood Loving
album: Teach The Youth; label: 17 North Parade
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