Big Youth was part of the first wave of Jamaican DJ’s inspired by U-Roy. After a series of chart singles in Jamaica, he released dozens of albums, toured internationally and helped set the standard for a whole generation of DJ’s to follow. Throughout his career, Big Youth emphasized the natural Rastafarian lifestyle and adopted the political message of Bob Marley and the Wailers and other Jamaican artists of his generation.
Born Manley Augustus Buchanan on April 19, 1949, Big Youth's career began as a sound system DJ, and brought a Rasta perspective into his lyrics and expressing a disdain for violence and positive view of black history. He first recorded for Gregory Isaacs and Lee Perry, then charted with singles for... Read More