Dancehall Tours - hosted by Pantason - Episode 56 - Barrington Levy

Published Feb 14, 2023 12:56 p.m. ET

One of the great success stories of the '80s, Barrington Levy, arrived  on the dancehall scene and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJs and vocalists would rise and fall during this  decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continued  releasing massive hits well into the '90s.

Born in 1964 in Clarendon, Jamaica, as a youngster, Barrington Levy  formed the Mighty Multitude with his cousin Everton Dacres. They started  off playing the sound systems and cut their first single, "My Black  Girl," in 1977. All of 14, Levy broke out on his own the next year and  recorded his debut solo single, "A Long Time Since We Don't Have No Love."


1980’s Robin Hood merely affirmed that everyone in Jamaica already knew:  That Levy was now the biggest star on t he island, with a talent that  was unbeatable. Or more accurately, he was king of the singers, because  ruling beside him was DJ Yellowman.

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