Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 84 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Cedric IM Brooks - Give Rasta Glory

Sticking with one more roots tune to round out the week... this one is by saxophonist Cedric "Im" Brooks and it is called "Give Rasta Glory" and it is taken from his 1977 album on Studio One called  Im Flash Forward.  Brooks was a student at the renowned Alpha Boys School in Kingston when he was 11 and learned to play the clarinet.  In his late teens he switched to the tenor saxophone and flute and during this time in the early 1960s he joined up with the Granville Williams Orchestra and the Vagabonds before having his first real commercial success with trumpeter David Madden as Im & David for Studio One.  Brooks later went on to team up with Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie and formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and eventually his own band The Divine Light who later became known as The Light of Saba.  Sadly Cedric Brooks died suddenly in 2013 but he definitely made a lasting mark on Jamaican music. 

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