Piperman

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b. London, England. Piperman’s initial inspiration was the Folkes Brothers’ ‘Oh Carolina’. The Rastafarian drumming in the original song led to Piperman practising on a hand drum and by 1970 he…
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b. London, England. Piperman’s initial inspiration was the Folkes Brothers’ ‘Oh Carolina’. The Rastafarian drumming in the original song led to Piperman practising on a hand drum and by 1970 he had mastered a full kit. In the mid-70s he joined his first band, the Wildcats, where he also demonstrated his aptitude as a bass guitarist and keyboard player. In 1980, he joined the Aqua Levi band who played on a European tour that included a performance in front of the royal family of Monaco. When he returned from the continent he joined the Zabandis band which led to a supporting role with Sugar Minott who was promoting his crossover hit, ‘Good Thing Going’. Piperman’s association with Minott led to work with Jackie Mittoo, and by 1983 his reputation resulted in him joining Caron Wheeler for her song, ‘Don’t Cry’.

In 1984 Piperman diversified into the world of jazz, performing alongside Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In the early 90s he accompanied Gary Crosby in the reggae fusion of Jazz Jamaica. By 1994 his career turned full circle as he worked at Fashion Records playing on sessions for Barbara Naps and Tan Tan. In 1995, Piperman set up his own label and released his debut, ‘Give Thanks And Praise’. The song did not to make a significant impression and a follow-up was not forthcoming for another 12 months. The appropriately titled ‘Something Constructive’ was released in 1996 followed by ‘Life’ a year later. In 2001, Piperman began to make a significant impression when he released the remarkable, ‘Woman In A Café’, credited to Piper Fari. The song proved a success and led to Piperman’s album debut that demonstrated the performer had embraced new technology while maintaining the feel of the music.