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Dwight Duncan, 1973, Prospect Beach, Jamaica, West Indies. Duncan was raised in the Rastafarian faith in his early years, and he later attended drama school and sang in the local church choir where his idiosyncratic vocals were nurtured. He began work as a DJ under the name Junior Melody at the Black Star Line sound system in St. Thomas, and later hitch-hiked the 70 miles to Kingston where he met Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson at the Arrows Dub Plate Studio. Duncan was invited to record at Studio 2000, performing ‘Grow Your Natty’, followed by ‘Call The Hearse’ over Steely And Clevie’s popular ‘Skettel’ rhythm. Steely decided to release the single under the pseudonym of Bushman, and although initially Duncan felt this was a derogatory title, it was in fact an African term for ‘medicine man’. ‘Call The Hearse’ was a success in Jamaica, and led to the equally popular ‘Rude Boy Life’, and the albums...

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