FORMER Prime Minister Edward Seaga's four-CD box set, Origins of Jamaican Music, will be launched by VP Records today at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.
In addition to 100 carefully selected songs, the set also features extensive liner notes and track-by-track notations in a 64-page booklet; iconic photos from Jamaica's 50 years as a sovereign nation; a preface from VP's president, Chris Chin; and foreword by musicologists Dermot Hussey and John Masouri.
"It is something that I always wanted to do because of my love for the music," Seaga said about the project.
He pointed out, however, that as time dragged on and Jamaica approached its 50th anniversary of Independence, he felt it was an appropriate time to complete it.
"I didn't get everything I wanted for the compilation, but I think it was as good as I could get," he added.