b. Raymond McCook, 1961, Jamaica, West Indies. Naptali spent his formative years in Jamaica, where he witnessed the phenomenal rise of Dennis Alcapone, Big Youth, I. Roy and U-Roy. By the early 70s, he and his family had settled in the UK, where, inspired by the sound systems, he gradually built up his reputation as a DJ with Fatman Hi Fi. In 1980, the duo of Raymond And Roy recorded the classic ‘Late Night Blues’ with the Instigators, and Naptali embarked on a prolific recording career, including Anthony ‘Sir George’ Brightly’s production of ‘Dirty Rat’ and ‘ABC’, and with Clive Stanhope, the popular ‘Mr Talkative’ and ‘Automatic Boom’. Fatman produced the reggae Top 10 hit ‘Love Trap/No Chat To Credel’, which also featured backing by the Instigators, with vocals from Cornell Campbell. Although his recorded output tapered off, he made a dramatic reappearance in 1996 when he performed at the Bunny Wailer Unity Showcase, alongside Chaka Demus And Pliers, Spanner Banner and Prince Lincoln. In 1997, Naptali continued to appear with the renowned Fatman, performing at London’s illustrious Dub Club as Fatman And Sons At The Controls With Raymond Naptali.
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