King Yellowman

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Jamaican dancehall reggae legend King Yellowman, whose stage name references his white skin due to albinism, which caused an absence of the pigment melanin, gained international popularity in the dancehall reggae scene of the 1980s. A series of successful singles, including “I’m Getting Married in the Morning,” “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” and “Zungu Zungu Zeng” brought him worldwide acclaim. Although he used strong political language in his early songs, Yellowman often brought a salacious, controversial element to his lyrics.

In his early 20s, Yellowman won Jamaica’s well-known Tastee Talent Contest, gaining national recognition with, a string of hit singles, including “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” “Operation Eradication” and “Mad Over Me” and more.

Nominated for a Grammy Award twice (for best reggae album): in 1985, for King Yellowman; and in 1998, for Freedom of Speech. Yellowman has also become a strong hip-hop influence. His rhythm from the song “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” has been sampled several times by a range of rap artists, and he was prominently featured on the Run DMC track “Roots Rap Reggae.”

From humble beginnings, Yellowman has risen to the heights of his profession. Loved by audiences as a reggae original, but also for his candor and clarity about his success, the challenges he has endured, and strength he has gained through thoughtful introspection, family and community support. Today he remains a consummate and entertaining performer,  popular with reggae audiences worldwide.

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