1976 & 1977 were Reggae’s greatest years. The genre had become more ‘Roots’. Civil war was raging both in Angola and on the streets of Jamaica. The lyrical content adopted a more political undercurrent with frequent references to the late Marcus Garvey, MPLA, Repatriation, Black Star Line and a general uprising against the anti-Babylonian dispensation.
I was fortunate to visit the Island for the first time in 1977, aged 3. I was blessed with the opportunity to run barefoot in the hills of Gibraltar for 6 weeks (Knibb Street to be precise), subliminally absorbing the sounds which would later provide the backdrop to my musical career. It left me with an indelible legacy, a memory that has never been erased. My Reggae initiation. Rebel Music from a Rebel People.
NB: Some songs in the mix spill into the 78/79 catchment years, but maintain the original sentiment.