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Count Ossie

Jamaican drummer and band leader, he became involved with the local Rasta community as a young boy. In the late 50s he formed the Count Ossie Group with fellow Rasta drummers. In 1962 they provided the music for the Prince Buster produced anthem ?Oh Carolina? with the Folks Brothers on vocals. Recordings with Coxsone Dodd, Harry Mudie and Lloyd Daley followed, both as backing musicians and in their own right.In 1973 he formed a group called "Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari," with Cedric ?Im? Brooks and recorded the groundbreaking "Grounation", a 3 LP set which mixes Rasta drumming, jazz and spoken word.Two years later "Tales Of Mozambique" was issued, continuing the legacy of the first album. Ossie died in 1976 but his contribution to Jamaican music has been huge.

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