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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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Obituary: Prince Jazzbo

Obituary: Prince Jazzbo

Reggae artist and producer

On this day 1987: Peter Tosh of the Wailers killed

Reggae musician Peter Tosh of The Wailers met a violent end.

Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks Saxophonist who played ska, reggae and rocksteady

In 1973, the Jamaican saxophonist and composer Cedric “Im” Brooks issued a wonderful album entitled From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music.

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Flood alert as Hurricane Sandy reaches Jamaica

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.

Holidaymakers braced for Jamaica hurricane

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.

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Team GB's Christine Ohuruogu pledges to keep going after losing out on 400 metres Olympic title

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.

Usain Bolt rivalry friendly, says Yohan Blake

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.

Usain Bolt (left) wins the 100m at the Jamaica Invitational

Lightning Usain Bolt sends reminder of supremacy

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.

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Prince Harry tries to imitate Usain Bolt’s victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday

Jamaica unveils its secret weapon for the Olympics

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.

Prince Harry outsprints Usain Bolt

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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