Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 100: Folk Music of Jamaica


Hello, music enthusiasts, and welcome to an extraordinary milestone – the ONE HUNDREDTH episode of Busy Kids Love Music! It’s a momentous occasion, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has supported our little corner of the Internet by listening to and sharing about this podcast. Thank you for being here and making this journey so special!

In today’s celebratory episode, we’re continuing our annual summer series, Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music, by jetting off to the vibrant island of Jamaica. Get ready to explore the rhythmic wonders of Jamaican folk music and discover the vast influence this tiny yet mighty country has had on the global musical stage.

Playlist Pleasures:
Be sure not to miss the curated playlist linked at the bottom of this post. It’s a treasure trove of lively performances that will transport you to the heart of Jamaica’s rich musical traditions. From reggae beats to traditional folk tunes, this playlist is a celebration of the island’s diverse musical heritage.

Jamaica’s Musical Influence:
Jamaican folk music has permeated the world with its infectious rhythms and soulful melodies. In today’s episode, we’ll unravel the roots of this musical tradition, exploring its diverse influences and uncovering the cultural tapestry that has shaped the sounds of Jamaica. Prepare to be amazed by the island’s widespread impact on the global music scene.

Passport Stamps and Global Exploration:
As always, our summer series invites you to collect passport stamps as we journey from country to country. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp from Jamaica! It’s a tangible reminder of the incredible artists, cultures, and communities we encounter along the way.

Celebrating 100 Episodes:
Before we wrap up, allow me a moment to celebrate this incredible milestone – 100 episodes of musical exploration, discovery, and joy. Thank you for being an integral part of the Busy Kids Love Music community. Here’s to many more musical adventures together!

With your passport in hand, join me as we celebrate episode #100 by immersing ourselves in the rhythmic delights of Jamaican folk music. Thank you for your continued support! Get ready to stamp your passport and let the lively beats of Jamaica transport you to a world of celebration and musical jubilation in today’s special episode! Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print  Jamaica Stamp

Visit Scotland (Episode 98)

Visit India (Episode 99)

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:


Harry Belafonte Banana Boat Song Day O + lyrics

Good Old Jamaican SKA! – Original 60’s Ska Music Compilation

Rocksteady! (Volume 1) The Roots Of Reggae – Jamaican Music Compilation

Jamaica 50th Reggae Greats (Full Album)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 100

This fun and uplifting playlist that I’ve put together to you features a variety of styles of Jamaican folk music. You’ll get to see Harry Belafonte perform with the Muppets, the Jolly Boys play a rhumba box, and Bob Marley’s iconic reggae song, “One Love”. Listen to it here.

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