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Written by: 20 December 2016 No Comment

With days to go til work finishes for the year,
Until santa comes to spread his christmas cheer,
Until its time to go,
And wish there was snow,
Fuck you and happy new year!

 

Yellowman (aka Winston Foster) was the deejaying sensation of the early eighties. With his inventive and amusing lyrics he achieved the status of superstar. The fact that he was an albino (an outcast in Jamaica) made his early years more difficult than anyone outside of Jamaica can possibly imagine. He endlessly boasted about how sexy, attractive and appealing he was to the opposite sex. Within a matter of months he went from social pariah to headlining act on Jamaican stage shows and his popularity rocketed. The live recorded (on a soundsystem) “Live At Aces” proved hugely successful and was widely imitated. He recorded a number of extremely popular albums for Henry Junjo Lawes and signed for a major deal to CBS as “King Yellow”. From the mid-eighties on Yellowman lost his leading role on the Jamaican deejay scene.
He has teamed up with Dr. Dread of RAS Records to record an album with ‘yellow’ versions of popular Xmas songs. The backing is provided by the Saggitarius band. It’s a kind of album you whether love or hate. The way Yellowman does Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, Deck The Halls, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and 12 Days Of Christmas certainly is amusing, especially because he sings on most of the tracks! Two tracks are the highlights of the set. First there’s African Christmas, a version of ‘I Need A Roof’, and second the excellent tune Santa Claus Never Comes To The Ghetto.
Happy Yellow Xmas !!

 

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