TOM BROWNE – Funkin’ For Jamaica

Tom Browne (born October 30, 1954) is an American jazz trumpeter. He rose to prominence with Sonny Fortune and had major hits in 1980 and 1981: the No. 1 Billboard magazine R&B single “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” and the No. 4 R&B single “Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move)”. “Funkin’ For Jamaica” is from the Love Approach LP (1980).

“Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” is a 1980 single by jazz trumpeter Tom Browne. The single—a memoir of the Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Browne was born and raised—is from his second solo album, Love Approach. Browne got the idea for the song while he was at his parents’ home. The vocals for the single were performed by Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith), who also helped compose the song. The song hit number one on the US Billboard R&B chart for a month. “Funkin’ for Jamaica” peaked at number nine on the dance chart and made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100.


Jamaica funk, that’s what it is
Let it get into you
C’mon I’ve got a groove
You know where I ‘ll be
Funkin’ for Jamaica
If ya feel it let it get into you
Jamaica funk, that’s what it is
Let it get into you

I feel it inside my soul
Let it get into you
‘Cause there’s enough to go all the way around
Let it get into you let it fill you up inside
This feelin’s funk that’s what it is
Let it get into you
Jamaica funk that’s what it is
We be funkin for Jamaica

If ya feel it
And I let it get into me
Jamaica funk that’s what it was
Let it get into you
That feelin’s funk that’s what it was
And I let it get into me I let it get into me
Whoa whoa whoa this feelin’s funk that’s what it is

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