Tony Rebel

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

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 Minott’s 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, Rebel’s spiritual approach and melodic singing style were unique. Rebel had further...

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