Roaring Lion

Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Noel Lee, 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Lee spent his formative years in Westmoreland before relocating to the congenial environs of Harbour View that overlooked the Caribbean Sea. He started his working life in the construction industry, although he was always drawn to the dancehall scene in the nation’s capital. His early inspiration came from the conscientious DJs such as Big Youth, Brigadier Jerry, Scotty and U-Roy. In 1990, Lee recorded his underrated debut ‘Jah Send A Prophet’. The release regrettably failed to prompt proposals of further recording sessions, in spite of the fact that Shabba Ranks later covered the song. Undeterred by this temporary setback Lee persevered in his quest, performing as Balance and Brown Lion, also with little success. The singer had become a close friend of Fred Locks and in 1998 Locks introduced him to Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell. The renowned producer was suitably impressed and subsequently enrolled...

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