Almost three decades after bursting onto the reggae music scene—popularizing dancehall, the genre of Jamaican music that would succeed the roots reggae of Bob Marley—King Yellow Man takes his contagiously-entertaining act on the road for his latest US tour promoting his most recent effort
Consisting of studio tracks created by legendary Jamaican producer Jack Scorpio and lyrics written by the “King” himself, King Yellow Man’s latest album, Yellow Gold, boasts some of his best dancehall anthems from the late ’90s.
Yellow Gold showcases Grammy nominated Yellowman at his classic best, spitting clever lyrics coached in infectious melodies and danceable rhythms.
King Yellow Man’s 42-day tour taking in the last week of June, all of July and three days in the first week of August is schedule to make appearances at 18 US cities and the British Virgin Islands.
Backed by the Sagittarius Band, his long-time group, King King Yellow Man is scheduled to make one of the first stops on his tour, a June 26th appearance, at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Born Winston Foster in Negril, Jamaica, he was the target of abuse at an early age because of his appearance. As fate would have it, he landed in Kingston’s Alpha Boy’s School, a spawning ground for numerous reggae artists including Don Drummond, Desmond Dekker, and Leroy Smart.
Influenced by DJs like U-Roy—one of the pioneers of toasting, Jamaica’s version of rapping—a young Foster’s relentless practice of rhyming got him a job with the Gemini Sound System as a substitute DJ. Within months of winning a 1979 landslide victory at the well-known Tastee Talent Contest, King Yellow Man became one of Jamaica’s top concert draws. Often dressed in a bright yellow suit, he has become known for his brash, risqué-tinged lyrics.
Successful tours in the United Kingdom and the States in the late ’80s led to a recording contract with CBS/Columbia Records for his album “King Yellow Man”
His 1997 “Freedom of Speech” release on RAS Records gained Yellowman his first Grammy nomination.
King Yellow Man took his rightful place among the first group of world renowned reggae stars to be inducted into the Reggae Walk of Fame.