Entertainment

Big Youth prepares 'Great' set

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, March 03, 2014    

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WHEN deejay Big Youth started in the music business over 40 years ago, reggae was on the verge of international acceptance.

The jocular 'Jah Youth' is still carrying the banner, touring regularly and recording new songs.

Some of his latest recordings can be heard on the upcoming album, Great One.

According to the 64-year-old entertainer, the 15-track set is expected to be released by May.

"There are a lot of differences with this project compared to my last one. My experiences over the years have taught me a lot of professionalism and this is highlighted in the tracks," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Among Great One's tracks are Jah is my Saviour, I Can't Help You (If You Can't Help Yourself) and the title song.

The album is produced by Big Youth Music, a company operated by Big Youth and his son Tafari Buchanan. Guitarists Earl 'Chinna' Smith and Tony Chin, and bassist George Fullwood, former members of the Soul Syndicate band, and trumpeter David Madden are some of the musicians who played on Great One.

Big Youth has over 20 albums to his name including 1972's impressive Screaming Target.

Hit the Road Jack, Every Nigger is a Star and Solomon A Gundy are some of his biggest hit songs.

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