U-Roy (1942-2021) Ewart Beckford was born in 1942 in Jamaica and grew up in the Jones Town area of Kingston. He became interested in music at a fairly young age and, as a teenager, he would often sneak out of his grandmother’s house to go to sound-system...
Yellowman Yellowman (born Wisnton Foster) is a Jamaican deejay who came to prominence in the early 1980s and helped to smoothe the transition between the roots era and the new dancehall style. The stage name “Yellowman” is a reference to his albinism which...
Prince Far-I (1944-1983) Prince Far I (Michael Williams) was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1944 and first worked as a security guard and then as a bouncer at Joe Gibbs’ and Coxsone Dodd’s studios before he got to record his fist single for Coxsone in 1970...
Nicodemus ( born Cecil Wellington, 1957-1996) was a Jamaican deejay who began his career in the 1970s when he joined the Socialist Roots sound system. In 1978 he began to work for Prince Jammy’s sound system and in 1980 toasted in combination with Ranking Trevor...
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