Barrington Levy

Genres: Reggae
Tags: reggae dancehall dub roots reggae roots Powered by AudioScrobbler
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 Don’t Have No Love’ in 1978, followed the first into obscurity, but Barrington, undaunted, went into the dancehalls. By 1981 Levy’s 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 Miller’s style, and a little of Bob Andy’s influence, but his phrasing evoked...

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