The hidden Jamaican soul of Toronto

The hidden Jamaican soul of Toronto

Four organ-soaked, heart-pounding notes. A declaration. This is Jamaican music of an entirely different kind.

Then a background chorus sings three descending “aaahs” in the most righteous R&B tradition. And when Jo-Jo Bennett comes in belting the opening line of his late-sixties ballad Fugitive Song, his vaguely un-North American enunciation reveals an extraordinary sound from Toronto’s past, a sound that has tragically been all but forgotten.

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