Vintage Jamaica Independence Song

by Raymond
(Toronto Canada)

QUESTION about Vintage Jamaica Independence song

There is a song relating to how Jamaica became independent. It tells the story about Mr Norman Manley and Mr Alexander Bustamante went to England to gain independence.

I also remember they came back to Montego Bay on separate planes. Those are only two of the points I remember.

Can you tell me the name of the song and who sang it?

Thank you
Raymond

ANSWER: by W. Gayle

Hi Raymond,
Thanks for asking!

I just did some research and I believe I found it for you.
The song is titled "Independent Jamaica". The artist is Lord Creator (born Kentrick Patrick) of Trinidad.

It was recorded in 1962 with producer Vincent "Randy" Chin and became the official song marking Jamaica's independence from the British Empire on 6 August 1962. Read Jamaica's history here

That song was also the first record on Chris Blackwell's newly founded Island Records label in the United Kingdom. (Source: Wikipedia).

Here (below) is the lyrics of the song, courtesy of lyrify.com


Independent Jamaica by Lord Creator



Jamaica getting their independence
And everyone is happy
So I will now tell the story
And please listen carefully
Manley called up a referendum
For you to make your own decision
So the people voted wisely, now everyone is happy
That there's no more federation

Now, independence is good for the young and the old
Also for me and you
Yes, independence is great for the whole population
Including Yorkshirean too
So I believe that if we try our best
It will be a great success
So let us live in unity
For progress and prosperity
Let's go
Independent Jamaica

Manley went up to England
To seek for independence
And although Busta was late
He still attend the big conference
Although from two different parties
It was very good to see
How these two politicians were shaking hands
When they gained victory

Now, independence is good for the young and the old
Also for me and you
Yes, independence is great for the whole population
Including Yorkshirean too
So I believe that if we try our best
It will be a great success
So let us live in unity
For progress and prosperity
Swing it, daddy

These two men came from England
They came the very same day
On two different planes
That stopped at Montego Bay
They separated back down to Kingston
But still we are very pleased
For they got independence, so let's rejoice
They'll be the first in the West Indies

Now, independence is good for the young and the old
Also for me and you
Yes, independence is great for the whole population
Including Yorkshirean too
So I believe that if we try our best
It will be a great success
So let us live in unity
For progress and prosperity
Swing it, daddy



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I hope this helps!

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Wellesley

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