Israel Vibration

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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Comprising Cecil ‘Skeleton’ Spence, Albert ‘Apple’ Craig and Lascelles ‘Wiss’ Bulgrin, this vocal group was formed while the members, all crippled in infancy during the polio epidemic that swept Jamaica in the 50s, were inmates at Kingston’s Mona Rehabilitation Centre. Resident since childhood, they were expelled after they began to grow dreadlocks in accordance with their Rastafarian beliefs. For six years they lived rough, literally singing for their supper. Their attempts to survive on handouts from the institution in which they had lived for most of their lives were met with indifference, hostility, and sometimes brutality. Their first release, ‘Why Worry’ (1976), financed by the Twelve Tribes organization to whom they had become affiliated, and recorded at Treasure Isle Studio, was a big success, as were their live shows supporting Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. In 1978 they teamed up with Inner Circle’s Lewis...

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