Keeping Reggae Alive: Watty Burnett


Watty Burnett
In Rastafarian culture, Babylon symbolizes the corruption of Western society. Bob Marley sang of its oppressions; the Melodians wept by its rivers. But for Watty Burnett, a Jamaican reggae musician who recorded with Mr. Marley, these days Babylon is just a Long Island town nine miles down the road .

Mr. Burnett — a wiry, bespectacled man with thin dreadlocks and a white cloud of a beard — is the baritone vocalist for the Congos, a group whose 1977 record “Heart of the Congos” is considered one of the greatest roots reggae albums of all time. But while his bandmates Cedric Myton and Roydel Johnson continue to live in Jamaica, Mr. Burnett, 63, has quietly resided in the affluent suburb of Dix Hills, N.Y., since 1980. By 

Off Reggae’s Grid, Back on the Map (NYT)

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