Deep Dive: An AllMusicBooks Podcast

Episode 56: “Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music” with Heather Augustyn

June 22, 2021

In Jamaica, the music world was rougher than rough. The record men took monikers of royalty and machismo, like Duke and King and Lord. These boastful ringleaders fired guns into the air after descending a throne, and violent gangs stormed dances to "mash up" competing sound systems. The Jamaican music business was a man’s world. How was a little girl with a sweet song in her soul to have a chance? 

In Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music author Heather Augustyn joins us to bring to life the stories of these inspirational women who found a way. These are the never-before-told stories of the women singers who persevered and made it – no matter the struggle— so that their music can be savored, and their lives finally celebrated. Tune in!

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