Yellowman has been in the reggae world for almost three decades. Having been credited as the creator of "toasting" -- a style of singing-rapping that is now modern-day dancehall delivery -- as well as being the first to introduce "slackness," in which the topic of conversation is less about "One Love" and more about tappin' that ass, Yellowman is indeed a name that sits in Jamaican history books when discussing its native musical heritage.
Most popular for the now-infamous 1983 reggae/dancehall record,
"Zungguzungguguzungguzeng," the unpronounceable song has been sampled by
such hip-hop greats as Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., and KRS-One.Besides his crossover appeal, Yellowman is hailed as one of the
hardest-working men in reggae show business. Noted as having produced at
least five albums per year as well as more than 40 hit singles since his
debut in 1979, this 54-year-old has toured nonstop throughout the world
with his last South Florida appearance being exactly a year ago at
And the reason for such nonstop action? Death, of course. If anyone knows what it means to overcome obstacles, it's Yellowman. Born an albino in the countryside of Jamaica, he was orphaned as a child and suffered from multiple skin diseases, including skin cancer and jaw cancer, to which he was given only three years to live. That was 1983. Regardless of any life-threatening illnesses, Yellowman is still here, strong as ever. His live shows have been deemed as memorable, high-energy experiences.
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Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band. 11 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18. Click here.