Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, has entered the realm of music as he set to release a new album commemorating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.
The 100-song box set entitled, Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origin of Jamaican Music will be released via New York-based record label, VP Records on November 6 and will feature music, from ska to Reggae to Dancehall.
On Friday (Oct 19) Mr Seaga hosted an official launch of Reggae Golden Jubilee at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. . During his speech he urged Jamaicans to pay more attention to the social value of their music while expounding on the creative and cultural forces that Reggae has on the island.
Many famous Jamaican artistes to appear on Reggae Golden Jubilee album include Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, George Nooks, Ernie Smith, Noddy Virtue and Mutaburuka. Additionally, Reggae Golden Jubilee features classic tracks such as My Boy Lollipop (by Mille Small), Trenchtown Rock (by Bob Marley and The Wailers), Land of My Birth (by Eric Donaldson), No, No, No (by Dawn Penn), Untold Stories (by Buju Banton) and Black Woman and Child (by Sizzla).
Dancehall is also well represented on Seaga’s box set as tracks like Who Am I (by Beenie Man), Gimme The Light (by Sean Paul), Welcome To Jamrock (by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley), Boombastic (by Shaggy) and On The Rock (by Mavado) are all featured on Reggae Golden Jubilee. Other high-profile Dancehall acts such as Bounty Killer (Fed Up), Lady Saw (Sycamore Tree) and Elephant Man (Pon Di River) also appear on the album.
Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origins of Jamaican Music is currently available for pre-order. The album also showcases a 64-page booklet filled with track-by-track notations as well as photographs documenting Jamaica’s 50 years as an independent nation. Furthermore, Seaga showcases his own musical talents as his first ever production, Dumplins (by Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires) is the second track off Reggae Golden Jubilee.