G is for Grounation

Who does not love listing to old records? I know I do and one of the best old records to listen to is Grounation.

Grounataion refers to the visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica on April 21st 1966.

The three record set was made in the early 1970s by Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelations of Rastafari.

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Count Ossie and his drumming group had first been recorded on the Folkes Brothers’ Oh Carolina (1959) which marked a first step along the Ska, RockSteady, Reggae path.

They included a version of Oh Carolina on Grounation

but it mostly comprises extended drumming and chants relating to the traditions of Rastafarianism and the teachings of Marcus Garvey.

The whole work stands as a perfect snapshot of the time and place alongside such iconic works as Trout Mask Replica and Escalator Over The Hill.

 

 

 

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