Friday, March 11, 2016

Day 132 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Tiger - Bam Bam

Kuff again for a Friday!  This time we're going with a dancehall classic by Norman Washington Jackson AKA Tiger!  Originally starting his career as Ranking Tiger with his first single "Why Can't You Leave Dreadlocks Alone?" in 1978, he went on to perform with the Black Star Sound System in the early 80s.  In 1985/86 he had a string of hits in Jamaica which lead to a deal with Mango Records and the release of his first album Me Name Tiger.  His style was described as "multi-voiced and totally deranged" and he went on to become one of the biggest dancehall artists in Jamaica recording for a host of producers including Harry J, Gussie Clarke, Sly & Robbie and of course King Jammy.  Today's track "Bam Bam" was released in 1988 as a 7" on Jammys.  In 1993, Tiger suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident and was sadly unable to continue his recording career but this track serves as a testament to his talent.

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