R.I.P: Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez, 1934-2015

September 7, 2015

The Folkes Brothers – “Oh Carolina” (1960)

Rodriguez featured on The Folkes Brothers’ pioneering, Prince Buster-produced “Oh Carolina.” The track also featured Count Ossie on drums, essentially bringing the burru drums used by Rastafarians at the time into the popular music scene of Kingston. The single was first banned for its sound on the airwaves but demand for it forced the hand of the DJs. That demand returned when Shaggy covered it in 1993. Rodriguez would go on to work with Prince Buster on over 100 songs.