Famous Twenty on his Waay Up

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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ALTHOUGH he is related to one of reggae's most revered vocalists, deejay Famous Twenty is banking on his own talent to make the breakthrough.

Based in Orlando, Florida, Famous Twenty is in Jamaica promoting his latest single, Waay Up, produced by Ajanie Errol Williams on the Black Coffin riddim.

"Music has always been a huge part of me while growing up, but I really got started professionally in 2008 when I recorded the song Dagga Wok," Famous Twenty said in a recent interview.

Born Cary O'Connor, his mother is Georgia Ellis, daughter of rocksteady icon Alton Ellis. That makes him cousin to comedian/actors Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, Noel 'Rozah Roze' Ellis, Ian 'Ity' Ellis and singer Christopher Ellis.

O'Connor, 32, says he does not rely on his grandfather's fame.

"If I don't tell people that I am related to Alton Ellis, no one really knows, and I prefer it to be that way. I want to make music from my own talent," he said.

Like Alton Ellis, Famous Twenty was raised in Trench Town. His father, Courtney O'Connor, played cricket for Boys' Town
and Jamaica.

While he also played cricket, music won out. Chatty Mouth, Bad Without a Doubt, Swag Tun Up and Let's Have a Party (with singer Malica) are some of Famous Twenty's previous songs.

— Kevin Jackson

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