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Bushman

Biography

Bushman is at the forefront of the conscious Roots Reggae revival in Jamaica. Though he began as a gruff toaster, he's found his voice as a singer as well; his powerful baritone is at times evocative of Peter Tosh or a deeper Luciano. His albums keep getting better -- Nyah Man Chant was one of the best debuts of the 1990s, with rattling conscious rhymes and crisp Steely & Clevie rhythms. Led by the smash hit "Fire Bun A Weak Heart," Total Commitment (1999) was as heavy as modern Reggae gets, with stellar production from King Jammy and an excellent supporting cast of musicians, including saxophonist Dean Fraser, guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith and the Firehouse Crew. Though Bushman's tracks have an uplifting feel to them, don't expect lighthearted love songs -- expect a sampling of the most spiritually enlightening Rasta music out there.

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