Caribbean Radio Show From the Vault Live Chat- music Legend Carlos Malcolm


Ska bandleader Carlos Malcolm was an underappreciated figure of the music’s early days, and also made some recordings in New York in a more Americanized vein. A native of Kingston, Malcolm received formal musical training and broke into the business playing trombone with the legendary #Don Drummond in a jazz group in the late ’50s. In #1962, he was tapped to head the ten-piece house orchestra of the newly established state radio organization the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation and wrote some of the first formal #ska arrangements as a result. He also composed uncredited music for the soundtrack of the first James #Bond film, #Dr. No (which was partly filmed in #Jamaica), and formed his own group, the Afro-Jamaican Rhythms, whose music melded #ska, #African, Latin, and #jazz rhythms. They scored hits in Jamaica with “Rukumbine” (1963) and, especially, “#Bonanza Ska” (1964, a reworking of #TV’s “Bonanza” theme song); they also recorded three albums, the most prominent of which was Ska Mania. During the ’60s, Malcolm also traveled to New York and recorded three albums that blended a Caribbean sensibility with American music. The Roulette release Don’t Walk, #Dance! (around 1964) was the first of these, boasting a jazzy, Latin-flavored sound;

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