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Michael Prophet – Conscious Man

by | Dec 17, 2017 | Articles, Obituary

Michael Prophet 1957-2017

Artist Info

Michael Prophet 1957-2017 

Career: Solo artist

Website: Michael Prophet @ facebook

Selective Discography

Albums

  • Consciousness (1979) Yabby You
  • Vocal & Dub (1979) Yabby You (Yabby You & Michael Prophet)
  • Serious Reasoning (1980) Island
  • Righteous Are The Conqueror (1980) Greensleeves/Thompson Sound
  • Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meets Scientist at The Dub Station (1981) Yabby You
  • Know The Right (1981) Prophet
  • Prophecy (1981) Yabby U (with Yabby You and Wayne Wade)
  • Michael Prophet (1981) Jah Guidance/Thompson Sound
  • Stars In Disco Showcase (1982) Yabby You
  • Michael Prophet Versions (1983) Yabby You
  • Jah Love (1983) Live & Learn
  • Love Is An Earthly Thing (1983) CSA
  • Blood Stain (1984) Satta Blue/Ashantites
  • Cease Fire (1985) Move
  • Joint Favourites (1985) Greensleeves (with Half Pint)
  • Settle Fu Ye Settle (1986) Live & Love
  • Loving You (1987) Tuff Gong
  • Certify (1988) Burning Sounds/CSA
  • Gunman (1991) Greensleeves (compilation of Righteous are the Conqueror and Michael Prophet)
  • Get Ready (1991) Passion/Greensleeves
  • Bull Talk (1992) Greensleeves
  • Magnet to Steel (1994) Jet Star
  • Flimmy and The Prophet (1995) Acid Jazz (with Dread Flimstone)
  • Rootsman (1999) Ariwa
  • Michael Prophet & Friends (1999) Ariwa
  • Consciousness (2000) Yabby You/Musidisc
  • Al Campbell Meets Michael Prophet (2000) Reggae Superstars
  • Protection (2009) Sip A Cup

Singles

  • Fight It To The Top, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1978
  • Nice Children Of Israel, Lightning, 1978
  • Mash Down Rome, Prophet Record, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1979
  • Poverty, Freedom Sounds, 1979
  • True Born African, Roots Tradition, 1979
  • Rock Me Darling, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1979
  • Gunman, Jah Guidance, 1980
  • Creation Rock, Prophet Record, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1980
  • Step Right In, Prophet Record, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1980
  • Sweet Love / Ghost Of Frankenstein, Jah Guidance, 1981
  • Upside Down, Volcano, 1981
  • Here Comes The Bride, Jah Guidance, 1981
  • Love Me Girl, Gorgon Records, 1982
  • Rich Man Poor Man, Volcano, 1983
  • Obey Your Parents, Prophet Record, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), 1983
  • Cease Fire, Live & Learn Records, 1984
  • Over The Bankin, Youth Promotion, 1984
  • New Loving, Corner Stone, 1984
  • Easy Man, Live & Learn Records, 1984
  • Settle You Fe Settle, Live & Learn Records, 1985
  • Trouble Me, Live & Learn Records, 1985
  • Haul And Pull, Arrival, 1985
  • The Copa Come, Techniques, 1986
  • Nuh Call Mi John Boops, Techniques, 1986
  • Come On And Dance, Gorgon Records, 1986
  • Bubbling, Ottey’s & Ashantics, 1986
  • Imagine Me, Alpine, 1987
  • Come On Over, Tuff Gong, 1987
  • Your Heart, Skengdon, 1987
  • Struggler, Prophet, 1987
  • Girl A Fi Mi, Techniques, 1987
  • 95° In The Dance, Bun Gem Records, 1987
  • Lady Lady, Jammy’s Records, 1987
  • Rise Up, Jah Bless, 1987
  • Body Fusion, Passion Enterprises, 1989
  • Warn Them Jah, Vivian Jackson (Yabby You), Prophet Record, 1990
  • Turn Me On, Green Farm, 1991
  • Woman I Love, Roots Tradition, 1992
  • Dont Do No Wrong, Schema Records, 1996
  • Fools Say, Classic Vibes Music Production, 1997
  • Mi Sweet Her, Charm, 1998
  • Freedom, Charm, 1998
  • Judgements, Blakamix, 1999
  • Cool Runnings, Natami Music, 2000
  • Righteous Revolution, Sip A Cup Records, 2000
  • Lead Us Oh Jah, One Love International, 2006
  • Youth Man, Jah Guidance, 2006
  • Get On Board, Teams, 2006
  • Righteous Are The Conquerors, Arrival, 2012
  • Show Some Love, Tuff Scout, 2012
  • No Good, Thompson Sound, 2014
  • Live A Little, Tuff Scout, 2016
  • Evil Doers, Volcano, 2016

The reggae industry has lost another great stalwart. On Saturday 16th December 2017, Michael George Haynes aka Michael Prophet died of cancer and a fatal Cardiac arrest with loving family near him. Born in 1957, Michael Prophet grew up in the western Kingston ghetto of Greenwich Farm. Twenty years later, one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices known in the whole reggae world started his recording career when he was discovered by the legendary producer Vivian Jackson, better known as Yabby You. Yabby You took him to Channel One for his debut single “Praise You Jah Jah”, a song he had written some five years earlier. It was with his version of The Heptones’ Studio One classic “Fight It To The Top” that he scored his first Jamaican hit.

MICHAEL PROPHET – 1957-2017

Citing Bob Andy as his main influence as a singer, Michael Prophet continued to record for Yabby You, which led to the release of several highly regarded roots albums, inevitably featuring The Gladiators in support and mixed by either King Tubby or Scientist. It didn’t take him that long to attract the attention of Island Records. In 1980 they released his album “Serious Reasoning” in the United Kingdom, establishing his reputation internationally.

 

Serious Reasoning
Gunman

 

By that time he had stopped working for Yabby You, and started to record for Henry “Junjo” Lawes. The most successful producer of the early eighties, succesfully steered Michael Prophet towards dancehall popularity. “Gunman”, voiced in response to the violent Jamaican elections of that year, became the singer’s biggest hit. After two albums with “Junjo” Lawes, he freelanced with varying success, recording for producers such as Don Mais, Satta Blue, Al Campbell, Sugar Minott, Winston “Niney” Holness, and Winston Riley. During the first half of the eighties he cemented his status as one of Jamaica’s most popular singers. By 1986 he was recording for Delroy Wright’s Live & Learn label, then left Jamaica for Miami, where he briefly voiced for Skengdon.

After living in Miami for two years, he moved to England, where he teamed up with former Stur-Mars and Coxsone Outernational deejay Ricky Tuffy. Together they recorded “Your Love”, which reached number one in the UK reggae chart in 1990. The single preceded the “Get Ready” album for Brixton label Passion a year later, which also sold well. The self-produced album “Bull Talk” was released in 1993. Since then, Michael Prophet has recorded singles and albums with a variety of UK producers, including General Saint, Ruff Cutt, Lloydie Crucial, Mad Professor and Gussie P. In recent years he performed at several big festivals including Reggae Jam in Germany, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain, Garance Reggae Festival in France and One Love Festival in the UK. A few weeks before he died, Michael Prophet was still dancing on stage during a show he did in the UK.

| Sources : Wikipedia, The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae” |

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