Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Day 122 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Ethiopians - Band Your Belly

The Ethiopians, founded in 1963 by Leonard Dillon, Neville Duncan, Wally Booker and Harold Bishop, were one of the most influential of Jamaican vocal groups.  Starting in the ska era, leading the way as the music transitioned to rocksteady and continuing to produce hits right through into reggae with socially conscious lyrics way ahead of their time, the Ethiopians are a staple in Jamaican music.  Today's tune "Band You Belly" was written by the great Leonard Dillon, produced by Joe Gibbs, engineered by the great Errol Thompson and pressed on Gibb's Belmont label in 1975.  The piano that drives the rhythm is awesome, the vocals are smooth... "Band Your Belly" is an absolute classic!


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