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  • Writer's pictureDennis Howard

Funky Kingston





In the 1970s, Jamaica was funk country; it was the dominant music on radio, jukebox, and sound systems called disco (to differentiate them from the roots sound systems), all played more funk, soul and R&B than ska, rocksteady and reggae.

Maxi Clan, one of the premiere dancers of that time, explained it this way to the Jamaica Observer: “Inna di '70s, it was mostly what we called funky. Yuh had one reggae group an' dat was Scorch, everybody else was into funky' — an' dat's what yuh saw on Where It's At.”

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