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JEGGAE…..A WEAPON OF MASS PERCUSSION CELEBRATES 60

JEGGAE…..A WEAPON OF MASS PERCUSSION CELEBRATES 60

By Waltie Ainsworth

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JEGGAE

Something’s are simply predictable about Jeggae…..you bound and blige to wine especially when he hit the conga drum and make the mouth organ talk. Last September 9, Jeggae turned 60 and it is only now he can find an opening to celebrate en masse in New York.

The Sunday nite mass falls on the eve of Columbus Day on Monday 9th …. a holiday in the Diaspora at an undisclosed place by invitation only.  Growing up in the village of Victoria Jeggae was known as Leroy Bacchus ….. his dad’s family name, but later in life to satisfy academic and immigration authorities he took his mother’s name  ….. Hoppie, leaving behind some of his great mentors and memories of Tom Charles, Titty Toy, Ken Barrington and Little Jones.  Ken especially was a great influence in Jeggae’s life as a percussionist.  Ken is still alive and resides with his family in Cayenne.  Continue reading