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Joe Higgs (June 3, 1940 – December 18, 1999) was a musician from Jamaica. In the 1960s he was part of the duo Higgs and Wilson together with Roy Wilson.

Higgs knew Bob Marley from the early 1960s. In fact, Marley acknowledged later on that he had been an influential figure for him. Most people interested in classical reggae do not recognize his name, however Higgs has been regarded as the “Father of Reggae’ by Jimmy Cliff. For a while Higgs toured with Cliff as well as The Wailers when Bunny Wailer refused to go on the tour in mid 1970s while The Wailers were having disputes.

A majority of Higgs’ songs were connected to his impoverished life in Trenchtown where he grew up. Higgs considered that it was out of the poverty and violence of Kingston’s shantytowns such as Trenchtown and Johnstown that the reggae music had grown. Before reggae hit big on the western music scene with Bob Marley, it was understood as a “ghetto music”. Higgs was the very first artist out the ghetto music scene to have lyrics which primarily dealt with every day troubles.

Higgs died of throat cancer on 18 Dec’ 1999.


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  • PennyTraition

    P.S. VeX08, I just glanced at your channel and it seems you too agree about Bunny Wailer's sublime "Blackheart Man" album also being overlooked? (I'm guessing...) - compared to other Wailers' output? You are truly a SOUL REBEL!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PennyTraition

    VeX08; you are so very right!! (I do not mean I say so, so what you say is alright! I mean I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY, my friend...) Peace, Bless - and have a wonderful weekend! Pen(ny Traition) X.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • VeX08

    Shame how little known he is. Reggae owes him a lot.. Ask The Wailers.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • spokesmann

    Master of Reggae! A really great composer. HARD TIMES DONT BOTHER ME!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    So few comments; real shame.

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DougMig


    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • electricwookie

    ...and no comments for a year? Jesus.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • electricwookie

    It saddens me that he's not widely appreciated. Life Of Contradiction is awe inspiring.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Cassavapiece

    Wake Up and Live...

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Man, I love this guys stuff.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    yep. underrated. And yep; so good.

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • $leaze

    so good.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Casual33

    Probably the most underrated reggae artist of all time (close to Misty in Roots). Unity Is Power and Life of Contradiction are 2 amazing roots albums

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
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    8 Jan 2007 Reply
  • arvidbw

    tung skit

    2 Dec 2006 Reply

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