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THE ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS TO HONOR THE BROWNE BROTHERS IN KINGSTON, JULY 23!

By Howard Campbell—

 (From left) Browne brothers Dalton, Clevie, Glen and Danny.—

The Browne family, which includes five musician/producers, are honorees for this year’s Tribute To The Greats show, scheduled for July 23 at Curphey Place in St Andrew.

Kingsley Goodison, founder and organizer of the event, said brothers Glen, Dalton, Noel, Cleveland and Danny, and their mother Sylvia, will be recognized for their “immense contribution to Jamaican music”.

He added: “This keeps our trend of saluting families who have helped keep our music alive. In 2014 we honored (brothers) Geoffrey and Mikey Chung and last year we did the Golding family (brothers Stephen and George).”

Sylvia Browne, now 90 years old, was a music teacher for many years. Her sons first recorded together in the early 1970’s as the Browne Bunch. Interestingly, their debut song was a cover of The Jacksons’ Good Thing Going, produced by Mikey Chung.

 Last year, they released I Was There, a song reflecting on key moments in Jamaican history.
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Glen, a bass player, has recorded and toured with Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and Tarrus Riley. Dalton, a guitarist, became a top session musician and musical director for Freddie McGregor’s band. Noel, a keyboard player, lives in England.

Cleveland (drums) and Danny (guitar) thrived as dancehall producers during the 1990s. Cleveland was a member of Steely and Clevie, arguably the top producers in the genre’s history.

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Danny, a founding member in the early 1980’s of the Bloodfire Posse, is head of Main Street Records.

Other awardees at the 19th annual Tribute To The Greats are Desmond Young, singer and long-serving president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians; singer/songwriter Anthony ‘Sangie’ Davis; singer/songwriter Bernard Collins of The Abyssinians; trumpeter Oswald ‘Baba’ Brooks (posthumously); trumpeter Raymond Harper (posthumously); drummer Bunny Williams of the Soul Vendors Band and sound system operator George Ximines.

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