Norman Manley with a group of children celebrating Jamaica’s Independence ca. 1962, via.
For those who don’t know, 50 years ago today Jamaica became an independent nation after more than 300 years of British rule.
While the contribution of Jamaica and it’s people to the world are countless, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion with its music.
Thankfully, the folks of British sound system the Heatwave are up to the task. Check out their mix below, 5 Million Rewinds, via HLS…
Jack it up selector! The Heatwave cram the biggest UK hits to come out of Jamaica into one crazy mix: 50 years + 83 tunes x 73 minutes = approximately five million rewinds. These songs have been pulled up, wheeled, rewound and replayed literally MILLIONS of times – in bedrooms, house parties, blues dances, nightclubs and raves throughout the UK.
To celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence, The Heatwave’s quickfire insanity-inducing DJ style is applied to half a century’s worth of classic tracks. 50 years of Jamaican sounds hyping UK ravers. How many times will you rewind this mix?
Not to be outdone, Mr. Vegas has assembled an all-star group of djs for a remix of his hit “Sweet Jamaica.” Check out the video below….
Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica! Sweet Jamaica” just got alot more flavor. “Sweet Jamaica”, has a whole new set of names attached to it and an all star video to prove it.
Joining Mr Vegas, Shaggy and Josey Wales on “The Voices of Sweet Jamaica” is Shaggy’s fellow Grammy winner, Beenie Man, rising star Christopher Martin, foundation deejay U-Roy and dancehall super group T.O.K. , as well as the ‘good’ gyal Ce’Cile and international performer Barrington Levy. When you add in Tony Curtis and Singing Melody (one half of Jamaica’s favorite harmony group, LUST) as well as Marcia Griffiths, Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGregor and Leroy ‘Heptones’ Sibbles the “The Voices of Sweet Jamaica” are a virtual who’s who of the nation’s musical legacy.