Miss Pat Chin Helped Reggae Become a Globally Celebrated Genre

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PAT CHIN: They call me Miss Pat. I'm a true Jamaican-born. I did music all my life when I was 18, and it's over 60 years now, and I continue to do the same-- reggae music culture from Jamaica.


Back home in Jamaica, we had a little store called Randy's Record Mart, and it started from 1958. And we were then selling jukebox records, the reject from jukebox records. So when we put up our studio, Randy's Studio 17, we have young Bob Marley coming through, young Chris Blackwell. They were like 16, 17.

Because where my shop was located, it becomes like a hub for all musicians, all singers, producers, buyers and sellers, and music fans. So in the 1950s and '60s, were a very exciting time for us. We just created a new culture called reggae music, and that's where it all started.

Jamaica was such a poor country, and we developed songs that really tells the story about our struggle. We didn't use guns, but we use words in the songs to really show emotions. So the songs are like a newspaper. It tells you what's going on in the country, the poverty, the struggle, and what's going on politically.


We came to the US in 1977, my family, because, number one, we were having a lot of political unrest and we just felt like our life was so much in danger. I should say also how sad I was leaving my country and coming to another country that I knew nothing much about. I had to learn the culture, how to be building a business. But it was very hard at first, very, very hard, and being a woman, and being my culture to where it was at that time.

You know, we had a stigma about Jamaican, we only did weed and, you know, we are gangsters and everything, but I had to overcome all that and just side because I was running a business, and I know it was a good business of selling my culture and music.


And I remember there's times when I was on-- doing telemarketing, they would say to me, can you put on a man on the phone? And I said, why? He said, I don't think you know what I want. But little did they know, I spent 20 years on the counter, so I know all the music. And everybody who came to interview me are very surprised to see a woman, and a Chinese woman, doing reggae music. Well, that's OK.


And I feel proud to do what I do, and I didn't let that stop me because I love what I do.


Giving back my culture throughout the world makes me very proud. And I've made many travels all over the world, and I didn't realize how much people love my music. I went to even Alaska, and there is it when we came off the ship. There was a three-piece band welcoming us, and what did they play?

(SINGING) One love, one heart.

I felt so proud to hear how far my music had reached.