Rastafari musical artifacts lost in fire: What you can do to help

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We at MIDNIGHT RAVER got word several days ago that drums and other historical artifacts used in the birth of Jamaica’s popular music were destroyed in a fire at Rockfort in East Kingston a week ago.

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The drums and other percussion instruments belonged to the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, the group of drummers founded by Count Ossie and which played on the internationally renowned hit “Oh Carolina,” the infectious ska number recorded by the Folkes Brothers in 1958.

Ska was the forerunner to the rock steady, reggae, rockers and dancehall genres and was the first to bring the unique sound of Jamaica’s popular culture to the world stage.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the two-room dwelling where the instruments were stored, Count Ossie’s son, Samuel Williams, also called ‘Time’, was a picture of despondence.

“These…

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