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Category: Nyabinghi

"Oooh-Diga-Gow"
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“Oooh-Diga-Gow”: King-a-binghi

One can be forgiven for mistaking the heartbeat bass line and the off-kilter, syncopated hand drumming in this 2-minute heavy chant as being part of the Jamaican Nyabinghi tradition.  Note the special effect at song’s end — somewhat “high tech” for King in 1954: “Oooh-Diga-Gow”     Cecil Young Quartet     1954 And

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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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“Holy Mount Zion” + Dub = “I a See”

Thanks to RiddimGuide, I was able to ascertain that “I a See” is a dub version of the Nyabinghi chant, “Holy Mount Zion” by Count Ossie with the Zion All-Stars. Compare the original 7″ vinyl mix of “Holy Mount Zion” with this version by Dub Specialist entitled, “I a See”

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Jimmy Cliff: Bongo Man II

In 1970 Jamaican music legend, Jimmy Cliff, released a recording that used powerful Nyabinghi drumming as the song’s primary percussion track, “Bongo Man”: A couple years ago I picked up one of those Warner Brothers artist samplers at a local flea market, this one a double album from the late

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