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Tanzilo Popular Music Collection

Identifier: TP102015

Scope and Contents

The Tanzilo Popular Music Collection contains biographical information on many of the significant Reggae music performers of the 1970's through 1990's. These performers are predominantly Jamaican, however Reggae originating outside of Jamaica is also featured. Additionally, some information regarding other Caribbean music forms, such as, Mento, Calypso and Soca are also included. Photographs, concert flyers and official press releases from and about the various Reggae music performers and record companies offer a unique view of the reggae music industry during the decades covered.

This Collection is an interesting testament to Jamaican music as represented in North American media specifically. The majority of the clippings are from United States publications. Many of the clippings are derived from music themed magazines, such as 'New Musical Express' and 'Melody Makers'. There are special editorials or reviews from sources such as, 'Time Magazine' and 'The Gleaner'.


  • Creation: 1976-1998

Conditions Governing Access

The Tanzilo Popular Music Collection is open to research by all users of the Mona Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Users may be issued with one (1) folder of material at a time, from one (1) box at a time.

Digital cameras may be used, with prior permission at designated tables in the Reading Room. If permission is granted, users must read and agree to the Policy document outlining the use of personal cameras in the Elsa Goveia Reading Room.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances as well as adhere to them. Permission to publish and reproduce materials from the Tanzilo Popular Music Collection must be obtained from the Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Mona.

Biographical / Historical

Bobby Tanzilo is a journalist, musician, author and a passionate Reggae music enthusiast. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966. Over nearly three decades (1970-1998), Mr. Tanzilo amassed an ecclectic collection of material on reggae music and performers. In 1998, The University of the West Indies, Mona Library accepted his generous donation of these items and the Tanzilo Popular Music Collection, was established.


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The Tanzilo Popular Music Collection is comprised of various print memorabilia concerning a selection of artistes. These artistes are predominantly Jamaican and representative of the Reggae music genre. The Collection spans the period 1970-1998. Among the items contained are; books, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, press releases, flyers, posters and other promotional and related printed material. Through this collection, information about many of the Reggae performers from the 1980s and 1990s, the record companies in operation and about the reggae music industry generally, during the period at that time can be accessed.


The Tanzilo Popular Music Collection is comprised of two hundred and two (202) folders that are arranged alphabetically by performers' names and subject assignments. The folders are then assigned numbers and arranged numerically across the nine (9) boxes.

Custodial History

In 1998, the collection of a wide cross section of reggae artistes, was donated to The University of the West Indies, Mona Library by Mr. Bobby Tanzilo of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

Tanzilo Popular Music Collection
T. Manassi
August 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica Repository