Putumayo visits Jamaica, the homeland of reggae music and mythical artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru and Toots & the Maytals. With roots in African tradition and influences from American Rhythm & Blues, Motown, soul and other popular music styles, reggae has taken the world by storm with its irresistible beat and powerful messages. Jamaica celebrates the joy of reggae with this collection of classic and new tracks by some of reggae's greatest voices.
One of the most popular and influential music forms of the 20th century, reggae has traveled the world spreading its message of social and spiritual awareness. Reggae's popularity comes partially from its image and the power of its lyrics; but at its heart it is good time music, with a laid-back, funky beat that keeps your feet moving and your head bobbing. Reggae has traveled the world and found proponents in Africa, Europe and beyond, and is one of the most popular music forms anywhere. Putumayo invites you to return to reggae's roots with this collection of tracks by legends and discoveries from the land where reggae began.
Jamaica features informative liner notes written by reggae critic Mark Gorney, enhanced with David Corio's artist photographs and pictures of the Jamaican landscape and architecture provided by Lonely Planet.
Song List (Artist, Title):
Toots & the Maytals, "Reggae Got Soul"
Culture, "Why Am I a Rastaman"
Jimmy Cliff, "Give the People What They Want"
Rico, "Midnight in Ethiopia"
Joe Higgs, "Upside Down"
Israel Vibration, "Rudeboy Shufflin"
Ras Michael, "None a Jah Jah Children No Cry"
The Gladiators, "Streets of Freedom"
Black Uhuru, "Sponji Reggae"
Augustus Pablo, "Point Blank"
Peter Tosh, "Mystery Babylon"