Hear some of my favorite tracks from Bushman’s catalog on episode 95 of the reggae lover podcast. Bushman has released nine full-length albums to date.
Born in Prospect Beach which is in the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica, he was raised as a Rastafarian. Singing in school and church choirs led to singing dubplates for local sound systems. Bushman actually worked as a selector under the name Junior Melody for black star line sound system. He took part in singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. His popularity grew as more people heard him sing.
Bushman decided to pursue his music career. He went to Kingston where he ended up working with Steely and Clevie at Studio 2000. His first tracks were “Grow Your Natty” and “Call the Hearse” which was his first major hit. Bushman moved on to work with King Jammy who produced his next two albums. He later teamed up with Bobby Digital, the UK-based Stingray team, and other producers.
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I respect Bushman for being a down-to-earth, authentic person who stays true to the values in his music. He still lives with his wife and children in St. Thomas enjoying nature and an “Ital” lifestyle.
Bushman is a living legend with a vocal range encompassing tonality reminiscent of Luciano and Peter Tosh. I want to highlight the “Bushman sings the bush doctor” album released in 2011 on VP records which is a fantastic Peter Tosh tribute. Also look out for “Conquering Lion” which is a 2018 released album from Bushman. There are few better examples of authentic Roots reggae music than Bushman.
Indeed on that tip please look out for the annual Health and Wellness Reggae Music Festival at the Wren’s Nest in the West End area of Atlanta. Taking place on Saturday, July 14th, this festival is an open-air, family-friendly, daytime event where I will play music alongside the Lion of Judah sound. There will be live bands and many performers. There will be Health practitioners, vendors, and lots of information. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or have an interest in learning more about healthy living, this event is for you. If you love reggae music, its an event for you.
Thank you to all my listeners around the world. Special big ups to Ras Jamal in Savannah, GA, Collin Cameron out in New Jersey, and James Kajob out in Kenya. You guys are not only listening, but I appreciate that you take the time to send feedback and suggestions. Because of you, this podcast is a collaborative effort and it’s a beautiful thing. Big ups to Ali Carter for granting me that dope interview released earlier this week.
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