Give thanks and praises, we are 57. The tiny Island of Jamaica is celebrating fifty seven years of independence, as well as years of noteworthy impact on the world in culture, academia and of course music. As we celebrate our Island’s rich legacy, there are some songs; some modern and others from as far as independence itself; that remind us of our cultural journey that makes us truly Jamaican. Below is our recommended must have playlist for the truly patriotic Jamaican, or simply those who want to be closer to our rich culture.

 

1.       Sweet Jamaica- Tony Rebel; released in 1993 on his Cool Runnings Album 




2.                  Jamaica Love- Busy Signal; released in 2014 on his Live in Paris Album




3.                  Smile Jamaica- Chronixx; released in 2013, and remastered in 2017, and released on his Chronology Album




4.                  The Voices of Sweet Jamaica - Mr. Vegas featuring  Josey Wales, Shaggy, Barrington Levy, U-Roy, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Leroy Sibbles, Singing Melody, Christopher Martin, Marcia Griffiths, Cocoa Tea, Cecile, T.O.K and Tony Curtis. The song was created for the “Jamaica 50” celebration of 2012.




5.                    Give Thanks and Praises- Roy Rayon; released in 1987, after winning the national festival song competition that year.




6.                      Nah Lef Ya- Josey Wales; released in 1987 and produced by Jammy’s Records.




7.                     Land of my birth- Eric Donaldson; released in 1978; after winning the national festival song competition that year.




8.                 Jamaica, Jamaica- Brigadier Jerry; released in 1985 on his album of the same title.




9.                  I man born yah- Pluto Shervington; released in 1975, on his Again Album.




10.               Cherry Oh Baby- Eric Donaldson; released in 1971, after winning the national festival song competition that year.




11) Jamaican Ska - Byron Lee and the Dragonaires; released in 1964, and remastered in 2007 and rereleased on the album The Essential Byron Lee & The Dragonaires.




12) Do The Reggay - Toots and the Maytals; released in 1968 in Jamaica by Beverly Records and in the United Kingdom by Pyramid Records.




13) Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley; released in 2005 on his album of the same title.




14) Ghetto Story - Baby Cham, released in 2006 on his album of the same title.