|Tags:||reggae dancehall dub roots reggae roots|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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30 April 1964, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Barrington Levy was one of the first singers to challenge the dominance of DJs in 80s dancehall reggae, although his earliest recording, under the name of the Mighty Multitude (My Black Girl in 1977), predated that era. Another early single, A Long Long Time Since We Dont Have No Love in 1978, followed the first into obscurity, but Barrington, undaunted, went into the dancehalls. By 1981 Levys effortlessly buoyant voice had spread his fame to the point where Henry Junjo Lawes, at the time the most in-demand producer in Jamaica, pursued him. His first Junjo single was Ah Yah We Deh, which sold moderately well, as did two further releases. His fourth single, Collie Weed, was a great success. Levy did not sound like anyone else: he perhaps revealed some of Jacob Millers style, and a little of Bob Andys influence, but his phrasing evoked...