News from & about Trench Town & Reggae World
Ziggy Soul, Culture Yard musician dies
Trench Town's Ziggy Soul died this week due to complications of diabetes. He was a keyboardist and vocalist who carried the vibe of the Culture Yard and entertained hundreds of visitors. His original recording studio was located in Rema and when he moved the facility to the Culture Yard, his presence was immediately welcomed.
Joe Higgs remembered
🇯🇲 20 YEARS AGO TODAY, JOE HIGGS, known as the "Father of Reggae Music" passed away from cancer on December 18, 1999, at the age if 59, in Los Angeles, California. Joe Higgs was born on June 3, 1940 in Kingston, Jamaica. 🇯🇲 #RIP #joehiggs #reggae
Joe Higgs was hugely influential in the birth of the ska, rock steady and reggae forms of Jamaican music, and was widely respected as a composer, arranger and performer, but perhaps most of all as a teacher.
Higgs explained, “Reggae is a confrontational sound. Freedom - that's what it's asking for. Acceptance - that's what it needs."
Joe Higgs helped to create the "Reggae" sound and taught numerous artists how to sing and play Reggae music. 💯💯💯
🔥🔥🔥 Higgs’ best students are Reggae Legends: Bob Marley, Derrick Harriott, Peter Tosh, Bob Andy, the Wailing Souls and Bunny Wailer. It was in Higgs' Trench Town yard that the young Bob Marley received years of private tutoring in vocal technique and stage craft from Higgs, years before he began recording with his group, the Wailers. Marley later admitted that "Joe Higgs was a genius," crediting him for his international musical success. Higgs once stated, "I structured the harmony. I am the one who taught The Wailers the craft, who taught them certain voice technique" (Roots Rock Reggae by Chuck Foster).
The World continues to celebrate his life, music and IMMENSE LEGACY that is Reggae! 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾 BIG UP!!! #jamaica #joehiggsreggae #legend #reggaemusichistory
Photo Credit: Cover of BEAT MAGAZINE 1986; right after “TRIUMPH” Album in 1985.