COUNT OSSIE

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Count Ossie, born Oswald Williams (1926, St. Thomas, Jamaica - 18 October 1976)was a Jamaican drummer and band leader.

In the early 1950s he set up a Rasta community in Rockfort near Wareika Hill on the east side of Kingston, where many of Kingston's musicians learned about the Rastafari movement. In the late 1950s, he (with other percussionists) formed the Count Ossie Group. According to reggae historian Bruno Blum, the rasta "nyabinghi" style of hand drumming, which derives from Jamaican kumina traditions, has its roots in Bantu traditions from Eastern Congo.

According to the book The First Rasta by Hélène Lee, because of their Rastafarian beliefs Count Ossie and his team were violently rejected from the then anti-rasta music establishment and outlawed, as most Rastafarians were. It was not until around 1959, when successful dancer Marguerita Mahfood, a Jamaican rumba dancer of Honduran descent who enjoyed their new style and liked
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COUNT OSSIE Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari ‎: Grounation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari ‎: Grounation
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1973
COUNT OSSIE Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari : Tales Of Mozambique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari : Tales Of Mozambique
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1975
COUNT OSSIE Man From Higher Heights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Man From Higher Heights
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1983
COUNT OSSIE Remembering Count Ossie: A Rasta 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembering Count Ossie: A Rasta "Reggae" Legend
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1996

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