Friday, 16 May 2014

REWIND: Barrington Levy - 'Here I Come'

Today I have realised that not once have I ever featured any music by the great Barrington Levy on the site. Four years and no Barrington? Better late than never. This particular dancehall reggae classic has grown in popularity in recent years after finding a new audience via its inclusion on the 'Grand Theft Auto San Andreas' and 'Saints Row 2' game soundtracks. Levy was born in Clarendon, Jamaica in 1964. He formed a band called the Mighty Multitude with his cousin Everton Dacres, and released a single called 'My Black Girl' in 1977. The next year Levy launched his solo career, and in 1979, Levy met Henry "Junjo" Lawes and Hyman Wright, both record producers, and recorded several singles with the Roots Radics. By 1980, Levy was one of the biggest Jamaican stars, and saw his international fame growing as well, especially in the United Kingdom. Taking a break from albums, Levy then released a series of hit singles, and toured the UK in 1984, where he enjoyed a big hit on the reggae charts with 'Under Mi Sensi'. It was followed by the crossover hit 'Here I Come', a UK number 41 hit in 1985.




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