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It's Here — Reggae Rock

Loraine Alterman, The New York Times, 4 February 1973

WHEN ANYONE mentions West Indian music, steel bands and calypso instantly echo in the mind, but Jamaica's most popular music is reggae (rhymes with old) which has a rhythm as pronounced as a Jamaican accent. If you heard Paul Simon's 'Mother and Child Reunion' which he recorded in Kingston's chief studio, Dynamic Sounds, two years ago, you were hearing reggae by the first white American musician to plunge into Jamaica's number one beat. More recently radio stations have been throbbing with Johnny Nash's huge hit 'I Can Sea Clearly Now'. That Nash single and album of the same name (Epic KE 31607) plus two brand new releases by Jamaicans — The Wailers' Catch a Fire (Island SW 9329) and Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come (Mango MAN 1) — just could make reggae as vital a trend as hard rock or folk rock.

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