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Sonia Pottinger: Jamaica’s First Female Record Producer

Trailblazing, by definition, can be a lonely enterprise – but someone has to move civilization forward.  Therefore, hats off to Jamaica’s first woman music producer, Sonia Pottinger, who managed to navigate a path through a field that is still overwhelmingly dominated by men and left future generations a legacy of

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“Ital Vibes”: Vibraphonic Reggae

Reggae is another realm of popular music where the vibraphone so rarely makes a foray.  As a result, Jamaican vibraphonist, Lennie Hibbert, pretty much has the field all to himself, as the intersection of reggae and the vibes essentially begins and ends with this one soul. Hibbert’s theme song –

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"Musical Fight"
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“Musical Fight”: Most Literal Song Title

“Musical Fight” by The Crashers is, literally, a fight set to music: “Musical Fight”     The Crashers     1970 Produced by Sonia Pottinger and released in early 1970, this A-side was initially titled “Target,” with the artist name listed as The Gaytones.  For the first few seconds of the song, you can

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“Little Nut Tree”: Rocksteady Revamped as Reggae

In 1968 The Melodians recorded two versions of the same song – “Little Nut Tree.” What a difference a year can make. The first version – recorded with underappreciated and pioneering producer, Sonia Pottinger, after the group had enjoyed a succession of hits on Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label –

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