Posts Tagged ‘ska’

Lloyd Knibb OD (8 March 1931 – 12 May 2011) was a Jamaican drummer who is primarily known for his contribution to the development of the rhythm of the Ska era. He played for The Skatalites (in the 1960s up to his death), and for Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Knibb recorded for the producers Lloyd “Matador” Daley and Duke Reid.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1931, Knibb, grew up on Bond Street, close to where a local band rehearsed, and he made his own drum kit from a wooden box and paint cans to practice the sounds that he had heard. Like a lot of musicians in the 1940s, he honed his craft in jazz bands. His first professional engagement was with the Val Bennett band, with whom he played for six years. He also played with Count Ossie’s group, adding burru and nyabinghi to his repertoire, and he regularly accompanied Rastafarian leader Sam Brown at meetings. It was with Eric Dean’s band where he gained the technical skills to play many styles. Dean’s set list included the big band music of Glen Miller as well as the popular dances of the day: rumba, Cha-cha and bolero, and his tenure in the band coincided with future major figures in ska such as Tommy McCook, Baba Brooks, and Lloyd Brevett. Knibb’s technical proficiency and wide knowledge of styles soon led to him being featured on the recordings of Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Sonia Pottinger and Duke Reid, playing an instrumental part in the development of ska.

Knibb gained his widest audience, however, as the drummer for The Skatalites. They recorded for the Treasure Isle (Duke Reid), Studio One (Clement Dodd) and Top Hat (Phillip Yap) labels, releasing ska music in the 1960s to an audience that responded to a rhythm that was uniquely Jamaican. Knibb, along with the other original Skatalites members, reformed to play the Reggae Sunsplash concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 1983. The success of the reunion led to the reformation of The Skatalites as a full-time touring band, of which Knibb remained until his death in 2011. He played his last show in Peru in April 2011.

In his later years, Knibb resided in Hull, Massachusetts with his long time friend and fellow musician, John, and his wife, Adele.   His son Dion plays in the Boston-based ska band Dion Knibb & The Agitators.  Knibb’s contribution to Jamaican music was recognized by the Prime Minister’s Award, the Order of Distinction, the Silver Musgrave Medal, and induction into the Jamaican Music Hall of Fame.  Knibb was taken ill while on tour in Brazil. On 12 May, 2011, after being ill for some time with liver cancer and receiving treatment in the USA, he was told by doctors that he only had days to live.  Knibb traveled back to his home in St. Andrew, Jamaica, to be among his family and friends. Later that day, Knibb died aged 80.

Source: Wikipedia


In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes…

This week’s show rounded out with a special feature of the world immortal Stone Love sound with veteran selector Cancer at the controls as the last edition of the “reel” back analog series for the month of September.  Download the show here.


Cancer navigated a musical journey down the golden road of Studio One produced hits and a variety of rock steady tunes featuring the likes of Bob Andy, Ken Boothe, Hopeton Lewis, Delroy Wilson, Winston Francis, Slim Smith/The Techniques, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles/The Heptones, Brent Dowe, Dawn Penn, Alton Ellis, John Holt, Dobby Dobson, Sugar Minott and more!

The show wound down with a Bob Marley & The Wailers showcase ending with the program’s namesake tune “Positive Vibrations” which happens to be in its 27th year of broadcast.

Bob Marley & The Wailers playlist:

Misty morning

One drop


Satisfy my soul

Give thanks

Running away


Positive Vibes

Peculiar I   Black man struggle
Junior Kelly   African bound
Junior Kelly   Dem story

Marcus Garvey speech

Abyssinians   African race
Khani Jones   Ancient spirits

Mutabaruka Dis poem (Def Jam poetry reading)

Luciano   I remember when
Luciano   You can have the world

Frederick Douglass (“July 4th” as read by James Earl Jones)

Bob Marley interview
Bob Marley/Wailers   Rastaman chant
Benaissa ft Lloyd De Maza & Benjah   Voodoo
Dan Beats   Remember
Jah Cuttah   Rise to the top
Jamie Lee Curtis   Is there really a human race
Jimmy Cliff   Many rivers to cross
Ken Booth   Satta mass gana
The Uniques   My conversation
I Roy/Lee Scratch Perry   Live up Jah man
Buju Banton   Lend a hand
Julian Marley   Lion in the morning
Julian Marley ft Damian Marley   Violence in the streets
Inword   Know Jah

Bob Marley interview

Lee Scratch Perry   Jungle Lion
Buju Banton   A little bit of sorry


Lynn Taitt


I’d like to extend condolences to the friends, family and fans of the late/great Lynn Taitt, the undisputed originator of what became known as ‘rock steady’; a slowed version of ska music which emphasized the groove and melody of the rhythm track.   

Lynn Taitt, originally from Trinidad, wound up spending an extended amount of time in Jamaica and went on to work with a variety of people major names within the reggae genre such as Bunny Lee, Duke Reid, Joe Gibbs, Coxsone Dodd and Sonia Pottinger to name a few.   

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