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Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band on Tuesday 3rd September 2019
King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band
Supported by Samsara Collective
YELLOWMAN was born Winston Foster on January 15th, 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica. His upbringing was at the Maxfield Home orphanage, Eventide Home and the prestigious Alpha Boys School. The stigma of being poor and an albino (the lack of pigment in skin and also called 'dundus') was evident which made Yellowman overcompensate by being as cocky as possible, something that later proved positive as a deejay. He is quoted in 2005 as saying 'is only when me come out that people like me started to show up, because them used to hide away from shame. But before the Tastee competition me used to go round to different producers to voice, but them used to run me away because them never believe innah me, or because of my skin colour them feel seh man like me cyaan do nothing.'
In 1978 he won the talent contest ad Tastee Patties in Kingston and by 1979 Yellowman was playing with the Aces International Sound System. In August of 1981 he won the Festival 81 Deejay Contest held at Skateland (beating Nicodemus, Johnny Ringo and Toyan in the process) and later that year he joined Gemini sound system as a substitute deejay. In 1982 he featured at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival that catapulted him to reggae stardom that in Jamaica was only second to that of Bob Marley. He released his first full-length album, Them a Mad over Me, recorded for Channel One, in 1981. In 1982, his LP called Mister Yellowman was produced under the U.K label Greensleeves with Henry 'Junjo' Lawes. His next highly popular album was Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, released in 1983. After becoming significantly popular throughout Jamaica, Yellowman signed to major the American label CBS Records. His first and only release on that label, King Yellowman, earned a Grammy Award nomination as Best Reggae Recording. At the height of his career, he made five albums per year and flooded the market with forty singles. Yellowman embodied the shift from Roots music to Dancehall more than anyone else during the early dancehall era: his method of toasting was highly popular and he also epitomized dancehall's penchant for 'slack' lyrics. He ruled the dancehall from 1981-1984. During this time, he often sparred with the deejay Fat Head, both on set and on record.
During the 1980's, Yellowman was diagnosed with terminal skin cancer and wrongly given only six months to live. When the cancer spread to his throat, part of his jaw had to be removed to treat the disease. He went through surgery and stepped back from the music. Fortunately the surgery helped and he could return to the music a couple of years later. While his often violent and sexually explicit lyrics earned him some criticism in the mid-1980s, after his surgery and into the 1990's Yellowman released more socially conscious material, performing with singers like Buju Banton. Yellowman's latest albums are New York (2003) and This is Crucial Reggae (2005). He was nominated for 'Most Consistent Entertainer' in 2007 for the International Reggae and Music Awards. He also toured around the world in August and July of 2007. He is currently married to his second wife (Rose) and has six children.
As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. The result is a fresh and hook-laden take on the style, morphing the reggae sound into something wholly new and exciting, and has been described as “a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound”.In the short time since the release of their “Good Omens” EP the band has been booked to play alongside reggae legends such as The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, The Black Uhuru, Culture, and Aswad – and performed at countless festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, and Secret Garden Party. With a tightly woven live show which combines intricate musicianship with raw energy and infectious positivity, Samsara have become firm favourites at venues and festivals across the land.With new releases and videos planned for the coming months and an extensive nationwide tour already under their collective belt this year, Samsara’s hard work and creative vision have established them as “one of the best reggae bands in the UK at the moment.”
Music Genres: Dancehall, Reggae
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