Born in Jamaica, singer songwriter producer Dan-I grew up in London in the 1960's on a diet of Rock, Ska, Reggae, Blues, and Soul, and was frontman and singer with various Funk and Reggae bands in the 70's. His first single, Monkey Chop (1979 Island Records) was a hit worldwide. Entering the British Top 10 Hit Parade, it stayed on the charts for 9 weeks, and was number 8 in the British Disco Charts. At the same time, Monkey Chop was the best selling record in New Zealand, number 4 nationally in Italy, number 1 in Milan, Italy, Top 20 in Sweden, and The Club Top 13 in Switzerland and Denmark.
The Skatalites are a Jamaican music group that played a major role in popularising ska, the first truly Jamaican music created by fusing boogie-woogie blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, and African rhythms. They recorded many of their best known songs, including Guns Of Navarone, in the period between 1964 and 1965, as well as played on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists.
There are two artists known as Charlie Chaplin. 1) Charlie Chaplin was a silent film actor, director and comedian, best known for his recurring character "the little tramp". Besides performing and directing, he also composed music to be played alongside his movies. 2) Charlie Chaplin (born Richard Bennett is a Jamaican dancehall and ragga deejay and singer. It was common for Jamaican deejays of the era to name themselves after film stars or characters.
He catapulted to the top of the Jamaican charts in 1997 with the dancehall boomshots "Heads High" and "Nike Air", his distinctive vocals fusing melodious singing with precision deejaying (rapping). Since then he has built an international fan base with hit singles like "Pull Up", "Tamale" and "Hot Gal Today" but it is on his latest CD "Constant Spring" that Mr. Vegas' spectacular sing-jay approach and cleverly crafted lyrics dazzle with the intensity of an evening in, well, Las Vegas.
There are two artists called Little John 1. b. John McMorris, C. 1970, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. McMorris first recorded with Captain Sinbad for the Youth In Progress label at the tender age of nine, where his piping interjections contrasted neatly with Sinbad's gruff style, and throughout the 80's he was seldom out of the Reggae charts. Claimed by many to be the first Dancehall singer, his ability to fit lyrics over any rhythm or backing track became something of a legend in a business that has scant regard for second takes and "dropping in.
Joe Harriott (1928-1973) was a Jamaican jazz musician and composer, whose principal instrument was the alto saxophone. Initially a bebopper, he is now widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide pioneers of free jazz. Born Joseph Arthurlin Harriott on 15th July 1928 in Kingston, Jamaica, he was educated at Kingston's famed Alpha Boys School, which produced a number of prominent Jamaican musicians. He moved to the U.K. as a working musician in 1951, and lived in the country until his death on 2nd January 1973 in Southampton, Hampshire.
RAGING FYAH BAND BIOGRAPHY
The Raging Fyah band is one of the most talented and dynamic groups ever to hit the Jamaican music scene. Started in 2006, the band consists of five stunning performers, three of which are graduates of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Mr. G is an alias for UK house and techno producer Colin McBean. Formerly recording as part of The Advent with Cisco Ferreira, solo since 2001. In addition, it’s the fairy tale story of a 36 year old high school Drama teacher from Summer Heights whose self penned musical touched the nation and resulted in a string of memorable songs. One such song was “Naughty Girl”. Told through the voice of Drama teacher Mr G, the song describes the plight of a promiscuous young girl with an addiction for recreational drugs.
Andrew Tosh, a virtual carbon copy of Peter has been predicted to carry on the family's musical tradition since first gaining recognition with a powerful performance at his father's funeral in 1987. It's a mantle he's carried proudly and continues to shoulder with aplomb. Andrew made an auspicious recorded debut by covering several of his father's tunes on the 1988 album "Original Man", which was remixed and re-released with several additional dub versions on Heartbeat Records in 1994.