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Big Youth was part of the first wave of Jamaican DJ's inspired by U-Roy. After a series of chart singles in Jamaica, he released dozens of albums, toured internationally and helped set the standard for a whole generation of DJ's to follow. Throughout his career, Big Youth emphasized the natural Rastafarian lifestyle and adopted the political message of Bob Marley and the Wailers and other Jamaican artists of his generation.

Born Manley Augustus Buchanan on April 19, 1949, Big Youth's career began as a sound system DJ, and brought a Rasta perspective into his lyrics and expressing a disdain for violence and positive view of black history. He first recorded for Gregory Isaacs and Lee Perry, then charted with singles for a variety of producers including Gussie Clarke with "The Killer" and "Tippertone Rocking" and Phil Pratt with "Tell It Black" and "Phil Pratt Thing."

Though he rarely toured, his performances were powerful--especially in the early days when he was backed by The Ark Angels with Santa Davis, Chinna Smith, Tony Chin, Fully Fullwood and Keith Sterling. Two live releases capture Big Youth at different points in his career. Live At Reggae Sunsplash `82 (1984 Sunsplash) is a classic run-through of hits. Jamming In the House of Dread (1991 ROIR) was recorded live in Osaka, Japan at Reggae Japansplash 8/30/90 and features some later material as well.

Higher Grounds (1995 VP) was produced by former Black Uhuru front-man Junior Reid and Big Youth, his sideburns greying, shows he's still got the stuff on songs like "Free the People," "Mr. Wicked Man" and "Why Do the Eden Reign." A couple of excellent 10" from 2006, "Lion's Den" and "Love Is What We Need" were cut for Ryan Moore of the Twilight Circus Sound System. By the time of Musicology (2007 Vizion Sounds) the grey had spread to his beard but the new set of music recorded at Leggo's, Bobby Digital and Tuff Gong, including songs like "Glory To the King," "Joy" and "Where Were All Them Bwoy" uphold the standards Big Youth himself set about thirty-five years earlier.

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Live From Jamaica
BIG YOUTH w/ Live Band
February 27, 2018
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