Christmas Jambree :: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape

Yuletide sails into Jamaica each year on what the locals call the Christmas Breeze, a slightly crisper air that tends to waft through the island come December. There’s another seasonal harbinger, one that is more common around the world, and that’s the sound of Christmas songs on the radio. But Christmas music in Jamaica is, well, uniquely Jamaican. Traditional carols get a reggae underpinning while lyrics about snow and holly are usually substituted for sunshine and mango trees. Back in the day, it was hardly a given that every Jamaican artist would record a Christmas song, unlike today . . .

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