Barrington Celebrates And Boomshots Appreciates
It is Barrington Levy birthday bash here at Boomshots. We are celebrating the musical icon for his accomplishments in Dancehall, Hip-Hop, and transcending music barriers. His distinctive ad-libs make his music enjoyable for people of all ages from various walks of life. Barrington Levy’s 52nd Birthday is today, April 30th. Read more after the jump…
Barrington Ainsworth Levy is far from your average emcee. Born April 30, 1964, in the rural Jamaican parish of Clarendon, the singer formed a singing group with his cousin, Everton Dacres, called The Mighty Multitude, whose first release was “My Black Girl” in 1977. The record shows traces of his soaring vocals, but it wasn’t until Mr. Levy branched off on his own did he experience an evolution in his sound, transforming himself from a local dancehall artist into an international brand and eventually a household name.
As a young teenager, he perfected his craft in the dancehalls. “Nobody knew me, but when I sing, they would tape it on cassette,” he recalls. “The tape might go to England, might go to America, and it just go around, before I actually go to the studio and make my first record.”
The titles “Under Mi Sensi” and “Here I Come” carried longevity for their popularity throughout the 80’s becoming staples of early Dancehall culture. Barrington Levy transitioned effortlessly into the golden era of 90’s reggae. Songs like Shine Eye Girl, Sky Larking, and Broader Than Broadway became anthems in the Caribbean and in the United Kingdom. Levy enjoyed most of his success abroad in Europe, however continued to tour around the world under his Jamaican alias.
Tell Them Already Have To Tell Them Again!
Whenever “Trouble Double Double…!” rings out in the dance, you know whose voice is sure to follow.
A man of many hats, Barrington never ceases to amaze global audiences with touch-tone tunes from the ’80s and ’90s up to now. The recognizable voice is noted for its feature on Shyne’s smash single “Bad Boyz” in 2000. The Hip-Hop collaboration broke boundaries between the islands and exposed the American market to authentic ragga muffin music in the early millennium. Seems like it was yesterday the video (which resembles some classic Belly themes) was released to the world:
Man a bad boy on da corner
So move from on yah
Cause we are dangerous
*indistinguishable chants in Jamaican patois*
Whoi seen…” Big up to the “Englishman” singer who always takes time out to “Teach The Youths” because he’s “Too Experienced” to let them go astray by “Living Dangerously.” Barrington Levy celebrates his earthstrong on April 30th. Boomshots applauds his latest release, Acousticalevy, which earned the Jamaican superstar a Grammy nomination. You can listen to the release here.
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