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Ras Neville and the Kingstonians

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One would be hard-pressed to find a Lawrencian with a more thorough knowledge of Jamaica than Neville Brown. The singer spent his teenager years wandering around Kingston and tourist towns like Ocho Rios, performing on beaches and public streets to stay alive. A chance encounter with a U.K. Record producer gave him the money he needed to come to America in the late '80s, and he took full advantage of the opportunity by learning to read and eventually graduating with a degree in social work from the University of Kansas. Brown's recordings with the Jamaican dub producer Scientist earned him a place in reggae history, though local audiences are probably more familiar with his performances with Ras Neville and the Kingstonians (formerly known as Common Ground). Listen to our podcast interview with Ras.

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