The maroon roots of Jamaican music

Jamaican music producer Duke Reid

Some of the most influential  founders of modern Jamaican music -- Clement Dodd, Duke Reid and the Blake brothers of Merritone Sound System -- have connections to the Maroons. 

The Maroons are descendants of Africans who escaped from and fought against slavery and established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica.

Clement Dodd, the founder of the Studio One label, considered the most influential Jamaican music producer and groomer of many artistes including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Marcia Griffiths and Bob Andy, attended school in the Charles Town Maroon community in Portland.

Duke Reid, owner of the Treasure Isle label and Trojan sound system is a Maroon from Scotts Hall, Portland. 

And the Blake brothers grand- uncle was a Maroon colonel in St Thomas.

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