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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP has commended Dermot Hussey for his significant contribution to the Music Museum.
The musicologist and broadcaster has donated much of his life’s collection of music to the museum.
Minister Grange said Mr Hussey’s collection will be an invaluable part of the museum which is still in its embryonic stages.
Minister Grange said:
“Dermot has given so much of his energy to our music, but he is giving so much more in this one act in which he’s providing his life’s collection to generations of Jamaicans to learn about their musical heritage.
He along with the Barnes brothers have paved a path for others to contribute.”
The Barnes brothers – Jeff, Winston and Ed – made a similar contribution to the Music Museum last year.
At the official handing over of his collection to the museum on Sunday (February 28) at Devon House, Mr Hussey said he was happy to make his contribution.
The Director of the Music Museum, Herbie Miller, said Mr Hussey had contributed more than 6000 albums, papers and music periodicals collected over 40 years. The collection also includes Mr Hussey’s radio interviews with musicians ranging from Wilton Gaynair to Bob Marley and from Peter Tosh to Burning Spear.
Mr Hussey also contributed a gold plaque which was presented to him several years ago (by Minister Grange in her capacity as a producer and artiste manager) for his promotion of Shabba Ranks’ career and his assistance in taking Jamaican music to mainstream America.
Today, Mr Hussey continues to bring Jamaican music to audiences in North America. He hosts a reggae programme that is broadcast via satellite across the States; and he also hosts a weekly programme on Newstalk FM in Jamaica.
Minister Grange appealed to other collectors to make a contribution to the Music Museum.
“I’m calling on the musicologists here, I’m calling on the journalists who have been sent records over the years to review, the musicians who have collections, I’m calling on everyone. The articles you have written, the little items that you kept, even the ticket that you kept when you went on tour – all these items are extremely important.
And I’m going to set an example. I’m going to go now and pull out all the little things that I had put away. Because I know that although I would like to keep them, the safest place for them is in the Jamaica Music Museum under the protection of the Institute of Jamaica.”
The Music Museum is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

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