The name Ossie Thomas may not be as well known as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry or King Tubby, but like those producers Thomas has been responsible for writing some important chapters in Jamaican musical history. In particular the riddims he made in the latter part of the 1970’s under the name Black Solidarity were some crucial first steps from the genre we now know as dancehall. The Kingston Sounds compilation Birth Of Dancehall - Black Solidarity 1976-1979 gives Thomas his dues. Sugar Minott, Josey Wales and a mis-titled tune from Sammy Dread (‘Wat Wah’ is in fact ‘Righteous Dread’) are among the track listing.

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