Friday, January 25, 2013
Another change of pace for a somnambulistic hempday humpday in early Autumn...
“King” Yellowman as he is fondly known has an incredible history in Reggae music. He grew up in the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston. He was born with albinism. These are huge obstacles anywhere in the world, but especially in Jamaica. He overcame both & went on to become one of the biggest reggae artists since Bob Marley.
Born as Winston Foster in 1959, in Kingston, Jamaica, he was also an alumnus of the Alpha Boy's school where many reggae artists & musicians got their early musical training. He built his early career around the fact that he was an albino. His audiences accepted him for his self-effacing humor & lyrical cleverness. He won the annual Tastee Patties Talent contest held in Jamaica in 1978. Yellowman went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica & the rest of the world. His lyrics are both playfully boastful & filled with strong social commentary.
His first few albums were recorded with the late great producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes. They were released internationally on the UK label, Greensleeves in the early 80's. This album is from that period (1984). King Yellowman was an early proponent of ‘dancehall’ style that took hold of reggae after the death of Bob Marley. In 1986 Yellowman was diagnosed with jaw cancer & given six months to live. He underwent surgery & took an extended leave from the musick industry to recover. By the early 90s he had won his battle against cancer & was ready to return to recording & the world of musick.
Yellowman began his comeback with the song "Blueberry Hill", & his career was re-launched. His first album for RAS came from producer Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell & was called Yellow Like Cheese. Today he is as strong & fit as ever, performing in front of sold-out crowds on tour 4-5 months per year with his long time backing band, the Sagittarius Band. His 1997 release Freedom Of Speech on RAS Records gained Yellowman his first Grammy nomination. Long live the King!
Guess I wasn't the only on channeling Yellowman. As I prepared this post weekend past, over at Psychedelic Dissociative Deliriant they posted up King Yellowman, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng & several others if you're digging the Y'king.
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt: Yellowman - vocals; backed by Roots Radics; produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes; rhythms laid at Channel One; mixed by Sylvan Morris at Harry J.
Year of Release: 1984
Label: Shanachie Records/Greensleeves Records CGR/GREL 71
Genre: Reggae, dancehall
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
Strictly Mi Belly
Wreck a Pum Pum
Hill & Gully Rider
Yellowman a the Lover Boy
Watch Your Words
Why You so Bad
Download: Yellowman - Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
Download Size: 77.7MB (ripped from cheaply pressed vinyl at 320Kbps)