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.
Prince Buster – “Wash Wash”
Prince Buster was one of the most popular Jamaican singers in 1962. “Wash Wash” is a religious-inspired cut (featuring a young Ernest Ranglin on bass) and puts a spotlight on Buster’s soulful voice.
Bob Marley – “Judge Not”
Produced by Leslie Kong, “Judge Not” is Bob Marley’s first solo single and shows the legendary singers knack for poetic and inspiring lyrics at an early age.
Laurel Aitken – “Brother David”
Along with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken may be one of the most important and legendary figures in Jamaican ska. Aitken cut this tune for the Blue Beat label while he lived in London. Aitken would move back to Jamaica shortly after to work with Duke Reid and the Skatalites.
Happy Independence Day, Jamaica!