The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Barrington Levy and the birth of dancehall

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Michael Garnice [+-]
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Michael Garnice is best known for his groundbreaking early reggae website www.mentomusic.com and his writing about Bob Marley for Reggae Beat Magazine. He lives in New York City and writes for a number of reggae websites and magazines.

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Barrington Levy was born in 1964 in Kingston, but grew up in Clarendon Parish. A youthful music fan, he was especially fond of Dennis Brown, The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson. He first made a record around 1975 in a short-lived group called the Mighty Multitude that included a cousin of his. A year later, as a grizzled veteran of two sides, at fourteen years of age he decided to go solo. He initially found success as a sound system performer. He then recorded a handful of undistinguished singles for various producers, sounding like the youth singer he was. Things took an abrupt change for the better when he began recording for Henry “Junjo” Lawes.

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Garnice, Michael . Barrington Levy and the birth of dancehall. The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 537-541 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790953. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25488. Date accessed: 23 Jun 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25488. Mar 2016

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