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Author: Peter I

Interview with Tapper Zukie

“NATTY GOING ON A HOLIDAY” When: About 2006 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2008 – Peter I After the first invasion in the early 1970s of recording deejays U Roy, King Stitt, Dennis Alcapone, Samuel the First and Winston Scotland, amongst others, a second wave was slowly coming up making their names in Jamaican dancehalls; Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo, I Roy, Hugh Roy Jr, Lloyd Young, Ramon, and a young man who was to become a household name for the remainder of the decade, Tapper Zukie. But Tapper made his name while stationed in England in the early seventies...

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Interview with Keithus I

“FLAT FOOT HUSTLING” When: Unknown Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2013 – Peter I Junior Byles, Fred Locks, Prince Alla, I Kong, Little Roy, Pablo Moses, Judah Eskender Tafari, Sang Hugh, Yabby You, Kiddus I, to name a few, exemplified and embodied a new era in the 1970s which produced some of the most distinctive and original sounds previously heard in Jamaican music. Roots music became the order of the day for a while during this decade and many in the younger generation identified with and supported this new ‘movement’ within the industry. Milton Samuels, AKA Keithus I, delivered...

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Interview with David Jahson – Part 2

“STILL CHASING THE BARBER” When: May, 2004 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I In part 2 of the interview, David Jahson talks about his debut album “Natty Chase The Barber”, his collaboration with Inner Circle, his own record label, his connection with Jerry Baxter of Well Pleased & Satisfied, the pirating of his music, and some of his singles. STILL CHASING THE BARBER The ‘Natty Chase The Barber’ album was out on Top Ranking in 1978. Yeah, yeah. It was pressed in Miami, the first release was in Miami. Who stood behind the Top Ranking...

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Interview with David Jahson – Part 1

“STILL CHASING THE BARBER” When: May, 2004 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2004 – Peter I The mid-seventies saw a sprinkling of 45s using the classic ‘Ali Baba’ rhythm being revitalised to good effect. Among the more successful of the tunes using this classic was the Tommy Cowan-produced ‘Natty Chase The Barber’ sung by one David Jahson, his definite breakthrough and probably the best known song by this obscure singer/songwriter and one that has been revived more than once since this period. It also gave title to his equally classic album in conjunction with Inner Circle, except that...

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Interview with Carlton Livingston

“SWEET AND HUMBLE ~ THE TALE OF CARLTON LIVINGSTON” When: February 2, 2003 Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2017 – Peter I Carlton Livingston is one of the many great singers from Jamaica whose undoubted talents are frequently overlooked. Carlton started with a group of singers in the Trench Town suburb of Kingston (this was a group later known as Knowledge). Then turned his vocal skills to deejaying in the early seventies with a sound system alongside well-known micman Lone Ranger before returning to singing again later on in that same decade. His first release was ‘The Tale...

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Interview with I Kong (aka Ricky Storm) – Part 2

“THE WAY IT WAS” When: Unknown Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2008 – Peter I In part 2 of the interview, I Kong talks about bootlegging and thieving his music, his debut album “The Way It Is”, the “Forgotten Man” album, Tommy Cowan, dancehall and the future of reggae music. “THE WAY IT WAS” Tell me more about that song, ‘Trod Along (Zion’s Pathway)’. Well, that was a personal t’ing inna me life, jus’ like ‘Life’s Road’. Them song deh a personal song, yunno, t’ings whe happen inna me life an’ me jus’ sing it inna song. Me...

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Interview with I Kong (aka Ricky Storm) – Part 1

“THE WAY IT WAS” When: Unknown Where: Unknown Reporter:  Peter I Copyright:  2008 – Peter I If reggae music is the universal cry of poverty, then singers like I Kong embodies the best of its many messengers. He is one of the most clear and shining examples that suffering can cause great art, and be understood and appreciated by the masses regardless where they are on earth. Why he isn’t more recognised is just another one of those bitter stories, but the sooner it can be told the better. It was a great difficulty in beginning the piece, where...

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