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Rico Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez (Rico, Reco, El Reco) (b. 1934) is a Jamaican trombonist. Born on 17th October 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, by the age of ten he had learnt to play the trombone from strict nuns. In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rasta, and became closely musically related to Rasta drummer Count Ossie. He recorded with many producers, including Prince Buster and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to Eng;and, where he continued to play in bands.

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Emily Baker

When Annie Lennox presented Emily with the Arts Foundation Award for Songwriting in January 2009, her passion and delivery; writing and performing great songs was being recognised. 'When I realised I felt a small pang of jealousy for how good one of these song-writers is - that was when I knew I'd found my winner.' (Arts Foundation Judge Vashti Bunyan). 2008 was a massive year for Emily, supporting Beth Rowley, Frank Turner and Gabriella Cilmi.

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Timothy Parkes

Timothy Parkes The Irish-English boy.
Son of an Irish nurse, and a Black Country engineer as a father.
Music in the blood, poetry in the mind, he sways through life, with a thoughtful heart.A travelling minstrel by trade, and passionate to the core. All that witness him are left reeling in his sounds, and connected to his guile. Adventure. Having secured the respect of esteemed musician, Gary Lucas, co-writer of the magical Jeff Buckley "Grace" album...

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The Federals

"If this evil narco drone rock don't get you off, brothers and sisters, nothing will." (Paul Lowman, The Talk Magazine) Exploding out of the soulless back streets of York, The Federals bring a vitality, urgency and immediacy to the music scene. Fast and furious, these four angry youths are putting the rage into garage with an arsenal of spiky potential rock n' roll classics. "Proper attitude, all black-clad, no smiles, chopping out each three minute snarl and ripping on to the next one. Great stuff indeed." (Sandman Magazine)

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Skamonics

The Skamonics are a London based jazz meets ska collective, playing a unique mix of authentic 60s ska, jazz, two-tone and completely unexpected covers. The band have been together since 2007 and have performed at London clubs, pubs and festivals - as well as many function gigs. A driving ska rhythm section provides a firm foundation for blazing horns and a female vocalist, blasting out a wide repertoire of ska favourites and tunes given a ska treatment for the very first time.

Read more about Skamonics on Last.fm.

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Owen Gray

Considering the astonishing quality of a lot of this man's work over the years, it is somewhat disastrous that Owen Gray isn't more highly regarded than he is, being in the shadows of his younger peers such as John Holt and Bob Andy just to mention a few. Whatever the reason is cause for speculations, perhaps his choice of material and direction hasn't always felt sincere, but on the other hand Owen has always delivered the goods in whatever style he recorded, possessing one of Jamaica's greatest voices if you didn't know.

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Dawn Penn

Dawn Penn (born Dawn Pickering, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer. In 1967 she recorded and had released the rocksteady single "You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)", produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. In 1970, she left the music industry and moved to the Virgin Islands. However, in 1987 she returned to Jamaica and music. In the summer of 1994 she re-recorded and re-released the single "You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)" (with Steely & Clevie on production), topping the charts in the U.S., Europe, and her native Jamaica.

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