b. Fidel Hugh Henry, c.1965, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. Henry initially demonstrated his DJ skills on the Clarendon-based Cosmic Force sound system. Performing as the Bible Man, he played on other little-known sound systems, including Ghetto International, Masterblaster and Cadett Hi Power. In 1984 he moved to Kingston where he was coached by Snagga Puss, who at the time was performing as Dickie Ranking, then the principal DJ on the Gemini sound system. Henry’s popularity grew, prompting an invitation from Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes to perform alongside Buro Banton, Billy Boyo, Little Harry and Danny Dread on the Volcano Hi Power sound. The sound was set up in 1983 and Colourman had access to dub plates from Jamaica’s finest, including Cocoa Tea, Frankie Paul, Johnny Osbourne and Barrington Levy. In 1985, Lawes invited Colourman to join him when he decided to take the sound to New York. Colourman resisted the offer, preferring to perform ‘a yard’, and joined Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion posse. The same year Youth Promotion released his DJ debut, ‘Skin It A Go Peel’, followed by ‘Vibes Up A Sound’. Although the releases were hits on the sound system he was unable to emulate his accomplishment on record. His debut, however, resulted in him being enrolled by I. Roy to voice a track at Channel One, although it only surfaced on Adam & Eve. His significant achievement in the history of Jamaican music came when he was joined by Jackie Knockshot for the release of the aptly titled ‘Kick Up Rumpus’. The song was banned by both RJR and JBC, as certain lines within the tune were considered blasphemous; this prompted sufficient sales to take the song to the top of both charts. Colourman was unable to capitalize on his hit and subsequently languished in obscurity.
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