27 August, 2010 - Published 11:07 GMT

Caribbean music masters

At the start of 2010, DJ Robbo Ranx set off to line up a musical Hall of Fame.

The Caribbean Masters series started in January and has been running regularly in BBC Caribbean Magazine.

Here, we gather together the Caribbean Masters Hall of Fame to date.

Let us know what you think. Is there anyone you'd like to add?


We started the year with Jamaican duo Sly and Robbie

Hear Robbo Ranx on Sly and Robbie

Sly and Robbie are one of reggae's longest lasting production teams. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene.

Sly and Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever.

One estimate is that they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs, considering that some of their riddims such as "Revolution" have been used on over 100 songs.


What Caribbean musical Hall of Fame would be complete without the Mighty Sparrow (the clue's in the name).

Robbo on Sparrow

Spanning generations of musical talent, the Grenadian-born Trinidadian calypsonian has been leading the way since the 1950s.

Chillin' with Monty

Featured in August 2010 was Jamaican jazz veteran Monty Alexander who spoke about his love of his country.

He's worked with a wide range of artistes from Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole to Sly and Robbie.

Hear Monty Alexander and his music

Bajan soca queen

Alison Hinds is one of the most popular soca singers in the world and has been given the nickname the "Queen of Soca".

Robbo Ranx on Alison Hinds

She has recorded many popular songs that top charts even in countries which do not widely listen to soca.

She is known for her unique voice.


Jamaica's Beres Hammond is a reggae singer known in particular for his romantic lovers rock and soulful voice.

While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.

Robbo looks at Beres Hammond's career

The harder they come

Jimmy Cliff has received many awards during his career - from being inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 to his own Jamaica's Order of Merit.

Jimmy Cliff joins BBC Caribbean Masters line-up

His hits have instant global brand recognition from 'Many rivers to cross' to the song from his best known film appearance in 'The Harder they come'.

Cricket, lovely cricket

Another veteran Lord Kitchener also featured in the series.

Robbo Ranx on Lord Kitchener

Going big time after emigrating to England on the Windrush, he came to be epitomise the lives, loves, and laughs of both the West Indies and its diaspora.

From 'England is the place for me' to 'Cricket, lovely cricket', Kitch's music took the Arima boy to the world.

The Caribbean Masters series with Robbo Ranx will continue throughout 2010.