Glen Browne and Island Treasure


Howard Campbell writes about Glen Browne’s Island Treasure record label and how he has dedicated his energies to highlighting Jamaican culture through music, especially reggae, ska, rocksteady, and dancehall. In his 40-year career as a musician, Browne has recorded and toured with Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, but, according to Campbell, his main passion is producing songs for his Island Treasure label.

Honesty by Tarrus Riley is the latest production from Island Treasure which Browne started 30 years ago. He has also released songs by established artistes like dub poet Mutabaruka and keyboardist Robbie Lyn.

Browne, a bass player, says being on the road for so many years, he has seen the appreciation for various forms of reggae. “That has influenced me to continue the tradition of producing Jamaican music… ska, rocksteady, dancehall, reggae. My goal is to highlight Jamaican culture,” he said.

The Island Treasure catalogue includes songs by Mutabaruka (Life and Debt), Monty Alexander (Something Special Tonight) and Sherita Lewis’ cover of Dennis Brown’s Love has Found its Way.

Browne also produced Lyn’s album, Making Notes and Sight Up by singer Kamau.

Sixty-two-year-old Browne is the eldest of five brothers known as the Browne Bunch. Guitarists Dalton and Danny, and drummer Cleveland, are also established musicians. Glen Browne is best known for playing the distinctive acoustic intro to Buju Banton’s song Untold Stories, from the singjay’s seminal 1995 album, ‘Til Shiloh. [. . .]

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