The Jamaicans

Ba Ba Boom

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In 1966, the Jamaican government launched the Independence Festival Song Competition, a showcase for the island's top talents. This was a new addition to the annual Independence Festival, which itself was inaugurated with the island's independence in 1962. The Maytals grabbed the crown the first year with their superb "Bam Bam," and the Jamaicans would win the following year with this scorcher.

The group wrote this song specifically for the competition and aimed to please, with the lyrics celebrating the festival itself, while playing to the crowds with an invitation to "come do the rocksteady." With the lyrics wrapped in a sultry melody, and the group's phenomenal harmonies, the song was a shoo-in. The song was then cut for Duke Reid and backed by the sensational Supersonics. The Supersonics built on the number's strengths, playing to its intensity, heightening the excitement with liberal use of subtle percussion, bold brass, and an unforgettable guitar riff. A rocksteady masterpiece, "Ba-Ba Boom Time" remains the group's most popular, and best remembered, song, and deservedly so.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Duke Reid's Treasure Chest 1992
Various Artists
Heartbeat 3:19
The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough 1993
Various Artists
Mango 3:20
Treasure Isle Time 1995
Various Artists
Heartbeat 3:21
Rock Steady Rave 1995
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:54
Best of Jamaican Gold, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Jamaican Gold 2:54
From Bam Bam to Cherry Oh! Baby 1995
Various Artists
Jamaican Gold 2:51
Baba Boom Time 1996 Jamaican Gold 3:21
Jamaica Ska-Kore 1 1997
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:54
Jamaica Ska Kore [Riviere] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:54
Greatest Jamaican Beat: Rock Steady BaBa-Boom Time 1998
Various Artists
Jet Records 3:32
Greatest Reggae Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill] 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:54
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady 1999
Various Artists
Trojan 3:20
Kings & Queens of Rocksteady 2000
Various Artists
Music Club Records 2:48
The Great Sound of Jamaica 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 3:20
Jamaican Beat [Culture Press] 2000
Various Artists
Culture Press 3:01
Reggae Collection, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Culture Press 2:59
Rock Steady Soul: Original Cool Sounds of Duke Reid's Treasure Isle 2001
Various Artists
Metro 2:58
The Legendary Ska Explosion, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:53
The Legends Collection: Legendary Ska Explosion 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:53
Simply Rockers, Vol. 3: Jamaican Music from the Vaults 2002
Various Artists
One Stop 3:02
Treasure Isle Showtime 2002
Various Artists
Heartbeat 3:18
No Image
Various Artists
Charly Records