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Rocking Steady with Phyliss Dillon

Rocksteady is a form of ska that arose in the rough urban neighborhoods of Kingston in the mid-’60s. Slower in tempo than ska, running contrary to the optimism that gripped must of the rest of post-independence Jamaica, rocksteady formed a bridge between boisterous dancehall ska and the more rootsy, political grooves of reggae.  In this video we meet Phllyis Dyllon, the groovin’ “Queen of Rocksteady.” Let’s let the Queen sing us out on the last post of our Jamaica week. Onward!