The Travellers – Black Black Minds

Black Black Minds is a long-lost treasure by vocal harmony group the Travellers that was produced by King Jammy’s in the late seventies and never available since Jammy’s himself described unearthing the original master tapes like ‘finding gold’.

The Travellers started out in the same way as the loose local collective of Waterhouse harmony groups that included The Royals, The Jayes and Black Uhuru endlessly practising and perfecting their art in the yards of Kingston 11. Two members of The Travellers, along with Errol Nelson who also sang with both The Royals and The Jayes, had previously worked with Jammy’s helping to fill out the harmonies on the debut Black Uhuru album Love Crisis.

Vocal harmony groups have always been one of the cornerstones of Jamaican music and The Travellers deserve their place alongside the other great vocal groups from the period. The Travellers stunning harmonies are backed by The High Times Band, The Aggrovators and Sly & Robbie.

The Black Black Minds release on Pressure Sounds features the original vocals plus deejay cuts from U Black and dub mixes from Jammy. Essential. Essential. Essential.

The Travellers – Black Black Minds; Pressure Sounds, 2005

The Travellers - Black Black Minds

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