Sunday, April 8, 2007

Jamaica to Toronto

Canada has a large population of West Indians who created an often overlooked music scene. Centered in Toronto in the late 60's and early 70's Jamaican rhythms mixed with R&B creating a new hybrid of soul music. Here are a few tracks from Light in the Attic's recent compilation Jamaica to Toronto.

Jo-Jo and the Fugitives: Fugitive Song

Recorded in 1967, this track features Jo-Jo Bennett on trumpet and vocals. Musically it's very reminiscent of James Brown's I Don't Mind, but Jo-Jo's desperate pleading vocals makes it his own.

Jackie Mittoo: Grand Funk

As a member of legendary Jamaican groups such as The Sheiks and The Skatalites Jackie Mittoo helped define early reggae music. On this track from 1971 Jackie demonstrates his R&B side with super funky results.

Cougars: I Wish It Would Rain

A beating heart sets the tempo for this 1970 cover of The Temptations classic. Motown, funky ska and Rastafarian chants all come together to make this track irresistible.

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