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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



Prefer to listen to it? Here (below) is the audio from Youtube.com. Just click and listen.



I hope this helps!

As usual, I welcome your comments here.

Regards,
Wellesley

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Aug 13, 2018
Jamaica’s first Independence Song
by: Lavern

Jamaica’s first Independence Song
By: Lavern

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. This article is a great one to elaborate on. I did some research and dug further into the topic and came up with a great story behind it all.

The first Independence song to be released in Jamaica for Independence Day was "Forward March" on August 6, 1962.

This was done a week before the Independence Day by Derrick Morgan. Both songs were released for Independence Day, however Derrick Morgan was first to release his song. Derrick’s song was produced in the Federal studio which was on Bell Road Kingston Jamaica.

The song, "Forward March" was on the Beverly’s Record Label. Derrick Morgan "Forward March" was used to celebrate the Independence Day for Jamaica.

In other words Beverly releases Forward March first for Independence Day before Randy Chin releases Lord Creator song. I found this to be funny between the two artists. They both were on the radio about the same time for the very same thing who releases their song first. When asked by Mr. Morgan to Lord Creator how are you claiming to be the first to release your song? Lord Creator replied by saying "well both of us are out and yes I know you released your song first." I find it so fascinating how back in those day they have musical war and still to this day can be friends. Let’s give a shout out to two great artists for representing our great country and nation of Jamaica.


The link to "Forward March" by Derrick Morgan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RYaMH9wB84.

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