Johnny Osbourne - Bushman - Spawnbreezie
Johnny Osbourne (born Errol Osbourne, 1948) is a popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, who rose to success in the late 1970s and mid 1980s. His album Truths and Rights was a notable roots reggae success, and featured "Jah Promise" and the album's title track, "Truths and Rights". However, he is probably best known for his mid 1980s dancehall reggae hits "Buddy Bye" (based on King Jammy's Sleng Teng riddim), "Ice Cream Love" and "Water Pumping".
Born Dwight Duncan, in the lush picturesque hill top village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Jamaica. He was raised as a Rasta since the tender age of two. Dwight attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him in his developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, a member of the Yallas drum core, playing the bass organ, also participating in numerous school concerts. He was also a member of the New Testament Church of God Choir, where he earned the name Ark Angel. During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system, then known as Junior Melody he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems such as Lees Unlimited, Mello Construction, King Majesty and others. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business. These were hard times for Junior Melody, travelling to Kingston is a seventy mile return journey. Being poor he would have to hitchhike most of the time, sharing one bulla and a bag juice with anyone of his friends that dared to make the journey with him. (Bushman later recorded a song relating to this period of his life, Titled Life aint no bed of Roses). The hard times did not deter him from seeking his dream. After many month of travelling to Kingston and waiting around at the studios. It was during an impromptu game of football at Arrows Dub plate studio where Junior Melody met Steely and Clevie. Steely commented that Junior Melody was not to good at football, Junior Melodys response was I can sing though in hearing that Steely prompted him to sing something. Right there in the yard Junior Melody sang, Steely immediately invited him to audition at Studio 2000. Their first song together was Grow Your Natty, an outstanding debut, Swiftly followed by the hit Call The Hearse. With talks of an album Steely wished to change the name Junior Melody to Bushman. Initially the singer/song writer was not happy with this name at all, he thought it some how derogatory to him coming from the country, until he researched the name only to discover that Bushman was an Afrikan name for Medicine Man. Bushman became the musical Medicine Man. Bushman has been full filling the meaning of this name to date. Call The Hearse became a big hit in Jamaica and England, after which followed some live dates. Bushman received a rapturous welcome on a short US tour followed by more live shows in Jamaica. Bushman was to see the release of his first album Nyah Man Chant (Greensleeves) during the year 1997. Nyah Man Chant earned a five star rating all over the world, with comments such as A set of tunes that are both inspired and inspiring.I stopped listening to individual tracks about halfway through the CD as I realized that Nayah Man Chant is good till the very last drop. BurninUp; The Journal 5/7/97.adding five stars. Nyah Man Chant as now earned its self-a place in the realms of Greensleeves Reggae Classics. Bushman's creativity made him a much sort after artist both home and abroad. However it was the famous King Jammy (Lloyd James) who produced the next two albums by Bushman. The first being Total Commitment. Total Commitment took the reggae music business like a stormy inferno. With tracks like Fire Bun a Weak Heart a big hit! Babylon Dead, Live Your Life Right, and many others. Just seven weeks after its released Total Commitment was ..7 in the US album charts, also gaining ..1 in Finland. 2001 saw the release of Bushman's third album Higher Ground. A charming piece of work from Jamaica's finest, producer, singer/songwriter and instrumentals. With tracks like Yadd Away Home, giving you Bushman in his finest smooth bar tone, alongside the well renowned saxophone player Dean Frazser. Your Love a song inspired from his personal life and a big favorite with his fans across the globe. A Better Place, a fourth contribution from Bushman. For this album Bushman teamed up with English based Stingray. It took Bushman 2 weeks to write every song on this 15 track album, which was released at SOB's New York, in October 2001. This album host a liveication to Bushman's mother track 14, Mama, Fill My Cup is a testament to the life and achievements of Bushman. Again the outstanding lyrics of each track will carry you to higher and higher levels of enlightenment, leaving you feeling strong and ready to bring positive vision to reality. Since then Bushman has successfully published 3 other successful albums and various compilation disks. Despite the ever-increasing recognition of his talent Bushman remains a humble down to earth figure, who still lives in St.Thomas with his wife and children. Joying in the frequent trips to the lush Bath Fountain where they bathe in the hot mineral water. Living a life style of strictly ital foods and juices. Yes Bushman leads a humble but enlightened life in his birthplace parish of St. Thomas. Bushman with his natural talent for singing, is an outstanding artist carved from the same iritical musical tradition as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Luciano (with whom he has a very close relationship), who he quotes as being his most dominant influences. With his dynamic lyrics, Superb showmanship and classic performances, the Rastafarian known as Bushman is an artist with which to hold a joy with, and a force to be reckoned with. Bushman's latest Album, Get It in Your Mind is an independant release on the Burning Bushes Label.
With the combinations of island music, roots reggae, and hip-hop, Spawnbreezie has formed a new kind of sound. Combining the percussions of hip-hop, the skank of reggae and the vocals of the Island music, he calls it, "Island Hip Hop". Spawnbreezie has performed for numerous venues: night clubs, parties, weddings, release parties and has done numerous shows to give back to the community.
In 2002..., Spawnbreezie and his family, formed a family band called, "Le Atalua Breeze Band". And being a part of the Breeze Band, he thought it was only fair to represent it wherever his music took him. At that time he was going by the stage name of “Spawn” and was in the making of his solo debut album.
In 2005-06, he had finished 12 hot tracks but due to a lack of serious promotion, the album went unnoticed. With persistence and determination, Spawnbreezie came back in 2007 along with the help of his brothers, and released their first band album, "Breezin' All Nite". The sound of Island Hip-Hop began to grow into the ears and radios throughout the city of Independence.
With numerous feedback and a calling for an encore from the locals, on March 21, 2008, Spawnbreezie released his debut solo album called, "Independence Soldiers". With awesome reviews in the local area and great feedback from MySpace listeners, Spawnbreezie is ready to take the world by storm.
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