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Jamaica to Toronto: Soul, Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974

[Light in the Attic, www.lightintheattic.net]

Back in the day, Toronto was a crucial meeting point for all sorts of Jamaican musicians. Though the flight may have been 8 hours back in the 60's, while today the distance between Toronto and Kingston has narrowed down to 3 1 hours, Toronto has forever had a close affinity with Jamaica. When a large number of West Indian population made the flight to Toronto during the 60's, the music community came alive with a buzz. Yes, there was music other than the boring pop melodies people were used to hearing on their transistor radios. Caribana parade had its start in Toronto in 1967 and just prior to this, soulful music decided to pop its head out of the corners of the city. There was Jackie Mittoo and his 1971 funk-soul anthem "Grand Funk". We had Jo-Jo and the Fugitives and their 1968 sad reggae melodies of "Fugitive Song". Then, we got Lloyd Delpratt [who still performs to this day in Toronto] and his soulful instrumental rendition "Together". We also have the solid vibrations of The Cougars and their "Right On" single from 1970. To close the proceedings off, we're treated to a solid funk-disco rendition of "Here We Go Again" by Wayne McGhie. Man, did this guy have a sweet set of vocals!In between, we're also offered a rare appearances by Ram, Bob and Wisdom, Cougars and Eddie Spencer amongst others. Some of you may still have the original 45s collecting dust in your basement. It's all sweet. It's all good. Most importantly, the soul and heart of this music stood the test of time. I say amen to the people who dug up these rare gems and brought us the real deal!

-Tom Sekowski


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