Jamaica in the 1970s was a nation in turmoil. The economy was in decline, gangs roamed the streets at the behest of politicians and the murder rate soared. The song "Police and Thieves" caught the mood perfectly; sung by Junior Murvin and produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, it was certainly Murvin's finest moment, and arguably Perry's, too. It was a bigger hit in the UK than in Jamaica when it was released in 1976, and its standing as an unofficial theme song of the Notting Hill Carnival – which was also plagued by violence in the late '70s – was helped by the Clash's spiky cover version the following year.
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Saturday 12 October 2013
Jamaican beach break
Sunday 29 September 2013
Reggae artist and producer
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Reggae musician Peter Tosh of The Wailers met a violent end.
Monday 20 May 2013
In 1973, the Jamaican saxophonist and composer Cedric “Im” Brooks issued a wonderful album entitled From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music.
Thursday 21 March 2013
Can you teach an old Dogg new tricks?
Friday 08 March 2013
Each week, we invite three companies for their best deal for a specific break
Thursday 25 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the south-east coast of Jamaica yesterday, posing a major flood risk to low-lying areas near the capital, Kingston.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
British holidaymakers on Jamaica were braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Sandy which is expected to reach hurricane force when it reaches the Caribbean island later today.
Monday 06 August 2012
Team GB's Christine Ohuruogu has vowed to carry on after missing out on gold in the women’s 400m final despite her thoughts of retirement in the run up to the Games.
Tuesday 17 July 2012
Yohan Blake insists his rivalry with sprint king and fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt will remain a friendly one regardless of what happens at the Olympics.
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Monday 07 May 2012
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
Monday 07 May 2012
Far from the madding crowd at the 2012 Olympic Stadium on Saturday night, the athlete most likely to emerge as a class act on the big stage come Games time got his season off to a flying start in the early hours, British-time, yesterday. Running in his first individual race of the year, the 100 metres in the Jamaica Invitational meeting at the National Stadium in Kingston, Usain Bolt emerged victorious in 9.82 seconds – the fastest time in the world in 2012 and his quickest-ever season opener.
Sunday 22 April 2012
One love – but many girlfriends
Wednesday 07 March 2012
Prince Harry showed he has inherited his father's gift for looking awkward on foreign trips when he tried to imitate Usain Bolt's victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday.
Tuesday 06 March 2012
Usain Bolt was beaten in a race by Prince Harry today who left the fastest man in the world behind in a cloud of dust.
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