A new compilation is arriving that celebrates Jamaica’s love affair with the English shoemakers.
Compiled by DJ Al Fingers, ‘Clarks in Jamaica’ goes along with his book of the same name that champions the shoes status on the Caribbean island. Featuring tracks from artists such as Little John, Dillinger, Trinity, Ranking Joe and Supercat, the release showcases classics from the golden age of dancehall music.
DJ Al, who recently gave a talk on the subject at the V&A, said: “Growing up in England I've always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music.”
“Vybz Kartel’s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.”
Greensleeves Records will release the comp on the 16th October.
Image courtesty of George Williams/Greensleeves Archive.