Soul Vibes — News and Views

Jackie Edwards

He has been called the Nat “King” Cole of Jamaica, and in many ways, it is an apt description of this talented, versatile singer and songwriter. Born Wilfred Gerald Edwards in 1938, and one of fifteen siblings, he began performing at the age of fourteen. In 1959, he...

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The Gaylads

Groups dominated the early Jamaican popular music scene with many of the early stars going that route before branching out on their own. Most of the biggest hits came from groups. Some operated as duos, while most were three-part harmonies. The Gaylads belong in the...

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Desmond Dekker

Born Desmond Dacres in Kingston 1941, he spent the early part of his orphaned childhood near Seaforth, St. Thomas before returning to Kingston where he worked as a welder. Usually singing on the job, his workmates encouraged him to seek an audition. Receiving...

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Ben E. King (September 2, 1938-April 30, 2015)

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson, King was an American songwriter, soul and R & B singer and record producer. He was born in Henderson, North Carolina and moved to New York with his family at the age of 9 in 1947. He began singing in church choirs, and in High School...

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An Englishman in New York: Interview with Digital English

A conversation with the mysterious Brooklyn-based UK dub producer. Born in the Harlesden area of London, Valentine Saunders has always been a mysterious producer: able to release a string of heavy digital steppers hits before completely flying under the radar for...

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