Yellowman is a legendary artist and was Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar. He was one of the pioneers of Jamaican dancehall and has a vast catalogue of hits – Morning Ride, Mr. Chin and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng to name a few.
He reached his peak in the mid 80’s, but has continued to record and one of his latest efforts is New York from 2003.
In his early career Yellowman had it tough. He was an outcast that managed to rise to stardom due to his witty lyrics and incredible flow.
But the misfortunes came back. Later in life he developed skin cancer and had to go through an operation of his jaw.
All his setbacks makes it amazing to see him live on stage. He may not have much of his voice or flow left, but what he lacks in vocal capabilities he takes back on his energy, that is on the same level as a teenager’s.
He enters the stage in a boxers outfit and runs back and forth across the stage. He jumps around and sprawls with his legs.
The set is varied and a bit odd at times, and includes tunes such as Oh Carolina, Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt and Duppy Or A Gunman. Unfortunately the versions are not nearly as great as the ones he recorded in his prime.
Yellowman is an entertainer that certainly knows how to get a crowd going. I can only imagine how great he must have been back in his heydays.