If you go to dictionary.com, and look up the
meaning of the word Levy, the first definition
you see is 'to collect or assess money that's
In the case of the Reggae Levy, he's collected
Reggae fans around the world, assessed the
issues that concern them, and sings about them
through his music. Whom do we speak of?
We speak of of the one and only Barrington Levy!
Barrington began his career in his early teens
by forming a band with his cousin Everton. They
recorded a chune called "My Black Girl" in 1977
to good reviews. Barrington didn't look back!
Since that initial recording, he has gone on to
record classic chunes such as "Shine Eye Girl,"
"Prison Oval Rock" and "Too Experienced" just
to name a few titles.
Building such a strong musical foundation has
ensured that Barrington's music reaches fans of
all age groups, and keeps him recording with
younger generations on a consistent basis.
Artists such as Rascalz, K-Os, Snoop Dogg,
MIMS, Jr. Gong, Shyne and Bounty Killer
have recorded with the Reggae legend and all
comment on his incredible focus, and commitment
to putting out the best chunes.
Currently, Barrington is on Tour. Europe and
North America will see him first, then the rest
of the world. A little birdie tells me that he just
might make an appearance at the 3rd Annual
Ottawa Reggae Festival. Sweet! I'm also told
that the artist will be releasing yet another studio
album soon which includes collaborations with
Buju, Jr. Gong and Beres Hammond to name
a few. Should I mention Lil Wayne too?!
Broadcasting at 320kbps, catch a selection of
Barrington Levy here:
P.S. If you heard the rumour that Barrington fired
his band, I assure you it's not true. What is true
is Barrington has been featured as an i-Tunes
top artist on the Hip Hop page, causing his sales
to go through the roof. What's also true is his
spin count on mainstream radio his more than
a spinning top. All this for a man not signed to a
major label. Not too bad!