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Desmond Dekker & The Aces: “Israelites” 1968

"Israelites" is a reggae song by Jamaican artist Desmond Dekker, released in October 1968. The song became a major international hit, reaching the top of the charts in the UK and several other countries.

The lyrics of the song describe the struggles and hardships faced by the Jamaican working class, particularly those living in the ghetto. The title of the song, "Israelites," is a reference to the biblical Israelites who were enslaved in Egypt and eventually freed by Moses.

The song features Dekker's distinctive vocal style, with a catchy melody and a driving ska rhythm. The horn section adds to the energetic and upbeat feel of the song.

"Israelites" is considered a classic of the ska and reggae genres and has been covered by numerous artists over the years. It has also been used in various films, TV shows, and commercials, cementing its status as a cultural touchstone.

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