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Donovan Germain

Germain’s entry into the music industry was via his record shop in New York City in the 1970s. He began production in 1972, visiting Jamaica for recording sessions, working in both roots reggae and lovers rock. As a producer he had hits on the reggae charts with the likes of Cultural Roots‘ “Mr. Boss Man” in 1980, and broke through into the UK Singles Chart in the early and mid-1980s with Sugar Minott‘s “Good Thing Going” and Audrey Hall‘s “One Dance Won’t Do”. He ran the Revolutionary Sounds label which started in the early 1980s and ran from New York, and also ran the Rub-a-Dub, Reggae, and Germain labels.  One of Germain label’s most well-known records on the sound system circuit in UK, especially on Jah Shaka sound, was Sam Bramwell’s It ago Dread inna Babylon, which Bramwell– previously a vocalist with The Chantells — recorded with The Revolutionaries.

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