is often referred to as Jamaica's , and not just because of his visual impairment; like , he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early '80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. That's made his career difficult to track for all but the most ardent fans, but it's also ensured that he's never been too far out of the spotlight on a constantly changing reggae scene.
was born in 1965. He was blind at birth, but an operation on a hospital ship succeeded in giving him a small visual capacity; he later went to New York to obtain a pair of high-powered glasses that helped even further. He attended a Salvation Army school for the blind, where he first began singing. When visited the school, sang for him, and an impressed encouraged him to go into music. learned the piano, drums, and guitar while still in school, and was most influenced as a singer by in his early days. As , he made his first recording, "African Princess," in 1980, when he was still just 15. In 1983, he appeared on two volumes in Channel One's Showdown series, one with and the other with . The former LP contained 's first major hit, the -produced "Worries in the Dance," which aligned him with the emerging dancehall sound. also produced 1984's Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng, whose title cut -- an ode to ganja -- was a huge, star-making hit in Jamaica.
reached his prime in the mid-'80s, cutting excellent albums like the -produced (1985) and Alesha (1987), and the -produced (1987). His hit singles included "Tidal Wave," "Alesha," "Cassanova," "Sara," "Fire Deh a Mus Mus Tail," "Slow Down," and many others. continued to record for a variety of labels in the '90s, with LP highlights including 1991's and 1994's . To keep up his prolific recording pace, he came to depend heavily on covers, whether of reggae classics or contemporary American R&B material. He continued into the new millennium as a tremendously active presence on the reggae scene. - All Music Guide