Captain Natty Remo

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b. Burchell Bailey, c. 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Remo spent his formative years in upper St. Andrew and the Spanish Town region of the island’s capital. He was brought up by his grandmother,…
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b. Burchell Bailey, c. 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Remo spent his formative years in upper St. Andrew and the Spanish Town region of the island’s capital. He was brought up by his grandmother, whose influence resulted in him attending church and singing in the church choir. Following his grandmother’s death Remo left Kingston to reside in Manchester with the rest of his family. It was there that the local dancehall scene inspired him, and he persuaded the sound system operators to allow him to DJ on their shows. He performed alongside Tony Rebel and Little Bimbo (an aspiring mike chanter who later became known as Garnett Silk). Following the death of Silk in December 1994 it was Remo who was selected from Rebel’s crew to announce the singer’s passing to the Vibe. The singer was owing to participate in an analysis of Jamaican music for the journal, with Rebel alongside U-Roy, Capleton and Buju Banton. Remo then known as simply Captain Remo, ensured the conference proceeded and his input was appropriately recognised. Remo then emigrated to the USA where his musical career was put on hold. His DJ skills soon resurfaced when he became regarded as a top DJ in the dancehalls of New York. Bailey later teamed up with Grove Music and Roof International producer Barry O’Hare to embark on sessions for his recording debut. Driven by the predominant ‘Love Me Forever’ rhythm, ‘Get Ready’ was a notable hit. The song overshadowed other releases, although ‘Thanks And Praises’, with Bobby Digital, proved there was more than one arrow to his bow.