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Count Ossie performing for Emperor Haile Selassie I in Jamaica 1966

On the occasion of Emperor Selassie’s April 1966 66 visit to Jamaica.

Count Ossie brought Nyabinghi drumming to Jamaican music in the early 1960s, infusing the new-born ska / rocksteady / reggae musical style with a solid connection to African tribal consciousness.

In the clip, Ossie is seen performing, as well as meeting Our Emperor and being given a gold medal. Record producer & future Prime Minister Edward Seaga is seen in a brief shot too. Then Ossie & his band perform for the King.  Crucial!

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