Jackie Mittoo

Our listicle this time is a simple highlight for an introduction about  a man named Donat Roy Mittoo who was born in Jamaica and is known as a great musician from this country, although he had moved to Canada and died of cancer  in Toronto.

He is better known as Jackie Mittoo, a musical genius, keyboard player and organist. He is one of the crucial members of the legendary The Skatalites. Jackie is also a music director on historical musical imprints; Studio One where he became a mentor for many young musicians who also became legends in the future.

Little Jackie knew music through his grandmother who taught him to play the piano since he was 4 years old. By the time he was 10 years old, he had started performing in musical performances playing classical compositions which eventually led him to learn pop to the boogie woogie piano style.

Jackie’s interactions with many Jamaican musicians were so good, he, at least, participated in thousands of works during his musical career until his death. His networking is also wider, starting from Tyrone Downie and Augustus Pablo who then introduced him to Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, a midas producer who is very dependent on Jackie. He also briefly supported the journey of the Roots Radics, The Cables to The Wailers which later became the reggae prophets like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Jackie Mottoo’s 22 albums seem to be enough to describe that he is one of the world’s maestros of the Jamaican Sound scene. He was involved in many births of the Jamaican music nexus, ranging from ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, lovers rock and also inspiring many classic dancehall tracks.

Kultur recommends some of Jackie’s prodigal songs and his musical touches in the works of other musicians he was involved with for you in this edition. Our own version of the brief introduction to the maestro, the Keyboard King, Enjoy!

Alton Ellis - I'm Still in Love with You

Jackie mittoo - Ram Jam

Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping

Jackie Mittoo - Kicksie

Sugar Minott - Lovers Rock

Jackie Mittoo - Ayatollah

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