Fifty years ago today, Jamaica gained its independence from Britain. That in and of itself is reason enough to celebrate, but at Beatport, naturally, we’re all about touting musical greatness. And in that respect, Jamaica’s roots run deep. So on this Jamaican Independence Day, we’re pretty stoked to highlight an amazing 50-track compilation put out by the always on-it VP Records, who’ve celebrated the island nation’s sonic legacy for years.
Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music showcases Jamaica’s gems from way back when through to the present day. Alton Ellis‘s ska classic “Mouth A Massy” and Lord Creator‘s particularly appropriate “Independent Jamaica” drift into ’70s reggae touchstones like Dennis Brown‘s “Westbound Train” and ’80s dancehall hits like Eek A Mouse‘s “Wa Do Dem” and Yellowman‘s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” before more recent stars like Sizzla (pictured above), Sean Paul and Gyptian round out the package.
It’s a sprawling set of music, to be sure, but the perfect place for fans and n00bs alike to dig into Jamaica’s rich musical history. Grab the whole thing right here on Beatport.