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Patrick George Anthony Barrett, 13 January 1962, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. Rebel started out as singer, winning local talent competitions as Papa Tony or Tony Ranking on Destiny Outernational, Thunderstorm, Wha Dat and Sugar Minotts Youth Promotion sound systems, but he is perhaps better known as one of the few dreadlocked cultural DJs of the ragga era. His first release was Casino Gambling on the MGB label and he also recorded tracks for Delroy Callo Collins and Shocking Vibes, but he began to fully develop as an artist while at Penthouse Records. He released Fresh Dee-Jay, Music Fraternity and Mandella Story before he worked with Cutty Ranks on Die Hard. The album contained two of his first hits, The Armour and Instant Death. Despite their confrontational fervour, Rebels spiritual approach and melodic singing style were unique. Rebel had further...