Barrington Levy and the birth of dancehall
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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.