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Celebrate Jamaican Independence Day with Five Great Ska Cuts from 1962

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To celebrate Jamaica’s independence day, we decided to put together five great (but maybe overlooked) tracks of Jamaican Ska from 1962, the year Jamaica became independent.

Stranger Cole – “Ruff and Tuff”

This playful Duke Reid produced cut features Tommy McCook backing and a harmonica solo to boot. This was one of many early successful singles to come from Stranger Cole and Duke Reid.

Derrick Morgan – “Sunday Monday”

While Derrick Morgan’s most famous 1962 song is undoubtedly the independence day inspired “Forward March,” this tune of heartbreak showcases Morgan’s versatility and engaging personality as a young singer.

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  • Joudani Maria

    Thank you for the good Ska, It’s great to star the day jumping and dancing..