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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fatta John - True Deceiver 7'' [198x Ever Trying Original Pressing]

Largely ignored in the reggae scene, our neighbors to the north have been cranking out some killer material for a while. Jamaicans migrated to Canada in mass starting in the 60's because of the instability on the island and ease of becoming a canuck citizen. The largest community of Jamaicans are in the Toronto area, and one in three black Canadians have Jamaican lineage. Early on, big name artists like King Jammy and Johnny Osbourne spent time living in Canada, helping start up the roots scene. Less well known is the dancehall that emerged in the following decades, with names like King Culture, Howie Smart, Zen Bow, and Jam Can. Collectors are now starting to recognize some of the wicked digi material from the country, with this 7'' being one of the more recognized releases. I don't know much about the artist, other than that he's a pretty good Little John impersonator, but this chune is tuff!

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