b. c.1955, Greenwich Town, Jamaica, West Indies. Jackson began his musical career on the Ethiopian Hi Fi Sound System in the early 70s. To be a serious contender on the sound system circuit, the operators would secure unique dub plates, and this led Jackson to Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio in Washington Gardens. At the studio, Perry persuaded Jackson to record his debut, the timeless ‘History’. The song related the history of Afro-Caribbeans from slavery to the awakening of Rastafari: ‘I was bound in chains and taken to the Caribbean - The new faces that I met - Sayin’ they are my master - to teach I to be like fools - Jah Jah’. The song surfaced in the UK on a limited-edition Upsetter discomix, where it was snapped up by Perry enthusiasts, and it was later remixed and re-released in Jamaica on Jackson’s own Ital International label. Jackson followed the song with ‘Only Jah Can Do It’, but elected to concentrate on working with other artists, including the Soul Syndicate, Prince Allah, Sammy Dread and Bunny Wailer. There was a brief return to performing in 1982 when he recorded ‘Disarmament’, ably supported by Roots Radics. By the mid-80s he returned to production and promotional work in the USA on behalf of reggae. While based in New York, Jackson worked with a variety of contemporary dancehall singers, including Cocoa Tea, Pinchers and Sanchez. In the late 80s Jackson toured Europe with Pinchers and settled in London, when the release of Open The Gate, featuring ‘History’, ensured the performer cult status.
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