Jamaica Loses a Great Folk Icon


Jamaica is now without another folk icon. Renowned Jamaican musicologist and folklorist Dr. Olive Lewin who had been ailing for a while, died on Wednesday evening at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Over a storied career, Lewin was involved in researching, arranging and directing Jamaican traditional music for schools, church and theatre performances by the Jamaican Folk Singers and other groups.

Dr. Lewin’s research is captured in her several books, among them Rock it Come Over – The Folk Music of Jamaica and Some Jamaican Folk Songs.

Dr. Olive Lewin (OD) was a Jamaican, social anthropologist, musicologist and teacher. She was 85.


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