Now it’s Mister Bogle
No dance in Jamaica was complete without the icon Bogle, especially during the 1990s.
When the flamboyant dancer was murdered in January 2005, dancehall lost one of its unique talents.
Singer Triple Blaxxx remembers seeing Bogle in his element while party-hopping back in the day and was intrigued by his deft moves and “different” type of charisma. He pays tribute to him in Mister Bogle.
Done to the beat of Mister Bojangles — a classic 1968 song made popular by Sammy Davis Jr — Mister Bogle was written after Triple Blaxxx heard Davis’s version blaring through speakers while hiking in Hollywood, California.
“While walking up di hill di inspiration, di lyrics start to flow. Wi got serious with it an’ pursue what I was hearing in my head,” he recalled.
Mister Bogle is produced by Carl McGregor, a Belizean musician who was once signed to Prince’s Paisley Park Records, and has worked with Jill Scott, Faith Evans, and DMX.
The Westmoreland-born Triple Blaxxx, who lives in Southern California, was known as Sugar Black in the 1990s when Bogle was one of the hottest tickets in dancehall. He and fellow singer Lebanculah sang as a duo for Tony Rebel’s Flames Music.
Bogle and his Gothic Black Roses Crew fit right in with the era’s extravagant lifestyle. The Trench Town-born artiste’s outrageous costumes and hairstyles complemented his dance moves, which included the Willie Bounce, Bogle and Urkle. He inspired songs such as World Dance by Beenie Man and Bogle by Buju Banton.
When he was murdered by gunmen at a service station in St Andrew shortly after leaving the Weddy Weddy dance, the 40-year-old Bogle had recently launched his recording career with songs like All dem Deh.
At a time when the word icon is overused, Triple Blaxxx says Bogle deserves such a lofty title.
“Dis dude is a legend. A song about him is due.”
— Howard Campbell