Count Ossie

Oswald Williams

Also known as Count, Count Ossie's Drums, Ossi, Ossie

Discography of Count Ossie:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio 1992 Crocodisc
2 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio 1975 Dynamic Sounds
3 Remembering Count Ossie: A Rasta "Reggae" Legend 14 Audio 1996 Moodisc Records International
4 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio 1992 Crocodisc
5 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio 2003 Rhino Records
6 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio 1976 Dynamic Sounds
7 Hard Fighter / Back To Africa 2 Audio 1971 Punch
8 A B C Rocksteady / Soul Drums 2 Audio High Note Records (2)
9 Man From Higher Heights 7 Audio 1983 Vista Sounds
10 Whispering Drums / Give Me Some More Loving 4 Audio
11 No Man Version / Black Up 2 Audio Coxsone Records
12 Sound Almighty / Meditation 2 Audio 1972 Ackee
13 Rasta Reggae / Samia 2 Audio Right On
14 Way Back Home 2 Audio 1972 New Dimension
15 Tales Of Mozambique 10 Audio Dynamic Sounds
16 Pure Soul / A Man Is Two Faced 2 Audio 1968 Doctor Bird
17 Sound Almighty 2 Audio 1971 Iron Side
18 So Long Rastafari Calling 2 Audio 1971 Banana (2)
19 Ethiopian Kingdom 2 Audio 1968 Doctor Bird
20 Sound Almighty / Meditation 2 Audio Iron Side
21 Right Onn Rasta 2 Audio Iron Side
22 Holly Mount Zion / Be A Man Version 2 Audio Studio One
23 Grounation 15 Audio 1973
24 Rasta Reggae / Samia 2 Audio New Dimension
25 Hog Head / Dog Meat 2 Audio Charmers Records
26 Rasta Reggae / Samia 2 Audio 1970 Ashanti
27 Let Me Tell You Boy / Swinging For Joy 2 Audio 1969 Moodisc Records
28 Rock A Man Soul / Prince Is In The Back 2 Audio Studio One
29 Back To Africa, Versions 1 & 2 4 Audio Syndicate


Niyabinghi drumming is not exclusive to the Niyabinghi branch but is common to all Rastafarians. However, Count Ossie (died 1976) appear to be the first to put niyabinghi drumming to records and so helped to establish and maintain Rastafari culture through music; incorporating influences from traditional Jamaican Kumina drumming with songs and rhythms learned from the recordings of Nigerian musician [a=Babatunde Olatunji].


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