Celebrating Jamaica 61 – Various Artists

Jamaica marks its 61st year as an independent nation on August 6, 2023. To mark the occasion, Tad’s International Record releases ‘Celebrating Jamaica 61’, a multi-song album capturing the innate freedom of the Jamaican musical expression.

Celebrating Jamaica 61 features songs by stalwarts of Jamaican music, such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Dean Fraser, Sister Carol, George Nooks, Josey Wales, Glen Washington and Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul, as well as the ‘Young Generation’, Jesse Royal, Kelly Shane and Okiel McIntyre. Also showcased on this commemorative album are Hezron, Richie Spice, Dwayne Stevenson, Chevaughn, Caryl Jacobs, Screwdriver, Brigadier Jerry, Big Mountain, Terry Linen, and Chezidek.

Tad Dawkins, founder and head of Tad’s International Record, along with his son Tad Dawkins Jr., selected the artistes for this phenomenal project.  He said, Celebrating Jamaica 61 will be used, “to promote Jamaica to the world.”

The first single from Celebrating Jamaica 61 ‘Belafonte Rock’ is rendered by Dean Fraser, Jamaica’s premier saxophonist. This instrumental track salutes Harry Belafonte, the legendary actor/activist and singer who died in April 2023 at the age of 93.  Belafonte was born in New York City but spent several of his formative years in Jamaica, where his mother was born. He never forgot his Caribbean roots, evidenced by his classic songs such as ‘Day O!’ (The Banana Boat Song) and ‘Island in The Sun’.

Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962, in a grand ceremony at the new National Stadium in Kingston. The spectacle was attended by Alexander Bustamante, Jamaica’s first Prime Minister, and Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, who helped officiate the rites that signalled Jamaica a sovereign country.

Many of the artistes on Celebrating Jamaica 61 have contributed to the genres of Dancehall and Reggae being a global force.

Written by Howard Campbell


1. Rasta Man – Richie Spice
2. Celebration Time – Screwdriver         
3. Rivers of Babylon – Duane Stephens
4. I Shall be Released – Hezron & Big Youth
5. To Sir with Love – Kelly Shane
6. Easy on Me – Caryl Jacobs
7. So Nice to be With You – George Nooks
8. Belafonte Rock – Dean Fraser 
9. If Only I Knew – Big Mountain ft. Honorebel
10. Keep It Coming – Jessie Royal & Chevaughn
11. Since I’ve been – Dennis Brown
12. Rockers Nuh Crackers – Glen Washington
13. Never knew love – Gregory Isaacs
14. Hello Carol – Dean Fraser & Sister Carol
15. Clock Tower Rock – Okeil McIntyre
16. Playing Money Games – Terry Linen
17. Strictly Rub-A-Dub – Brigadier Jerry
18. Hide and seek – Josey Wales
19. Stuck on You – Vahriie
20. Repatriation – Jah Izrehl

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