This year Jamaica marks its Diamond Jubilee celebrations as it realizes the milestone of 60 years of Independence from Britain. If nothing else, I believe that music has placed the island on the global cultural map and is one of the biggest drawing cards for visitors to the island. After all,
Jamaica, despite its tiny size and population, punches significantly above its weight in this regard as it ranks among the top ten most culturally influential countries in the world. The truth be told, this stature was raised up by "salt of the earth" Jamaicans, people who when they started would hardly have been spared the time of day by those who controlled the purse-strings of the country.
As a celebration of this music and the people who raised it up, I have put together 10 songs that I am currently listening to. These 10 songs not only capture the current Jamaican environment but also underscores the ethos of being Jamaican. Faith, tenacity, and self-belief.
1) Forward March -Derrick Morgan
2) Hail H.I.M- Burning Spear
3) None A Jah-Jah Children No Cry- Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus
4) The Promised Land- Dennis Brown
5) Speak Life – Damian Marley
6) Who Knows- Protoje (Featuring Chronixx)
7) Thy Will- Lila Ike & Skillibeng 8) Lonely- Koffee
9) Switch it Up- Protoje
10) Don’t Make Her Sad- Romain Virgo
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