Label: Earthman Music - EMLP 012 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Reggae • Style: Roots Reggae
Garnett Silk Great Victorious Barbar LLUKS - Versipella - Versipella Garnet Damion Smith ; 2 April — 9 Decemberwas a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarianknown for his Conquering Lion - Garnett Silk Meets The Conquering Lion - A Dubplate Selection (Part 2) , emotive, powerful and smooth voice.
During the early s he was hailed as a rising talent, however his career was ended by his early death inwhile attempting to save his mother from her burning house. Smith was born in Manchester, Jamaica. His musical career began at the age of twelve, when he performed under the name Little Bimbo.
The pair began performing as a duo around the sound systems to much acclaim. The Garnett Silk Meets the Conquering Lion: A Dub Plate Selection album dates from about this time and features a clutch of exclusive recordings the DJ cut for the sound system from the mids through the end of the decade. Rebel, a Rastarfarieventually converted Smith to his religion with the help of dub poet Yasus Afaria close friend of both the DJs.
Inat the suggestion Kerri Lenardic - Morgue - The Process To Define The Shape Of Self Loathing veteran singer Derrick MorganSmith turned from deejaying to singing, with a recording session at Bunny Lee 's studio with Rebel, including tracks recorded separately, as a duo, and with Anthony Selassie, and he began working under his real name.
It was the production duo who decided to change his name to Garnet Silk, in reference to his smooth voice. Roof International would posthumously bundle up these early singles and other material recorded at this time for the Nothing Can Divide Us album, which the VP label picked up for the US.
Split between deeply cultural themes, spiritual songs, and romantic numbers, the album went on to become one of the best selling in Jamaica that year, and he had his first major hit single with "Hey Mama Africa" produced by Richard "Bello" Bell for the Star Trail label, which was Silk's first international hit, and topped the reggae chart in Britain.
Over the next two years, the singer would record with most of the major name producers on the island, both on his own and in partnership with Tony Rebel. However, Silk bounced back in and set back to work. By then, the singer was ready to re-take the stage, which he did with a vengeance, headlining that year's Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash festivals. Silk's backing band was Jahpostles, who originally formed in the late s.
He'd recorded ten songs and the album was nearing completion when he went home to visit his mother. Silk had borrowed a pair of guns from his attorney after his home had been burglarized, but had no idea how to use them. Sitting with a couple of friends at his mother's house in Mandeville, Jamaicaon 9 December, one offered to show him how they worked, at which point the gun accidentally misfired, hitting a propane tank and setting the house ablaze.
The singer rushed back into the house to save her, but it was too late and both were lost in the fire. InAtlantic finally released The Definitive Collectiona two-CD set showcasing the ten tracks the singer had recorded during sessions for his unfinished second album.
Jet Star also released a greatest hits compilation albumGold in Silk's son Garnet Smith Jr. Silk's nephew Anthony Cruz recorded a tribute album infeaturing cover versions of fifteen of Candysweet - Various - 60x60:2 (A Subvert Central Project) songs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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