Ossie D: Still burning the musical flame

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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OSSIE D of Stevie G and Ossie G fame is busy working on his upcoming album which he says will be chock-full of original materials.


Produced by Donovan Palmer from Fab Five, he says he is hoping the project will be completed by the end of summer. After that he will be heading to Canada for his annual summer gigs, he told the Jamaica Observer.


"The music scene has changed and right now my album will reflect that," he said of the project which will include new material as well as some of his songs that were recorded earlier on in his career but never released.


Performance-wise, he says he has not been active on the big stage locally but will be looking to change that.


Born Oswald Douglas, he has been involved in several aspects of the entertainment industry -- singer, dancer, choreographer and a songwriter.


A former member of the now defunct Fabulous Flames, the first dance group in Jamaica, he went with them to Toronto, Canada, for two weeks to perform in the Caribana festivities in 1969. He remained in Canada, and toured with the group, often sharing the stage with acts like Tavares, Love Unlimited, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Barry White, Maxine Grown, and Erma Franklyn.


The singer also worked in the 80s on the North Coast cabaret circuit with Stevie G. Among his recordings are Holly Holy, Growin Up (with Fabulous Flames), and Bitter and Sweet.


"My joy is to lift the load. Even in the cultural music, there is a limit to that. That is our job -- to lift that load for a little time," Ossie says of his music.

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