Downloads   Galeries   Forums   Audios   Vidéos   Liens   Livre d´or   Partenaires   Contact   
  Accueil
  Actualité
  Régions/Peuples
  Historique
  Sawanité
  Le Ngondo
  Tourisme
  Littérature
  VIP
  F.A.Q
  Agendas
  Evénements
  Annonces
  Projets
  Communauté



      
30.10.2010

Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae artist, dies at age 59 

Mr. Isaacs maintained that he owned the guns for protection from robbers and political violence, which had engulfed Jamaica in the late 1970s, "just like you have a jacket to protect you from the cold." 

====================== 

Gregory Isaacs, who died on Tuesday at age 59 in London, England, possessed one of the most recognisable and beloved voices in reggae over a career that spanned five decades.

Though he’d been in ill health for a long time, he succumbed to lung cancer contracted in the past year. During the past couple of decades, his wounded and beguiling voice had deteriorated into a shadow of its former self as a result of cocaine and crack use. Nevertheless, even in its diminished state, producers in Jamaica and around the world continued to utilise the voice to connect their beats to the essence of reggae itself.

Isaacs’ vocal abilities were unique. Certainly not a technically gifted singer, his songs brimmed with his incomparably persuasive phrasing. Best known for his irresistible appeal to ladies, “The Cool Ruler,” as he was known, featured a sly tenor croon that verged on melodic speech, particularly in later years. These same qualities helped him to convey more serious topics or even boastful attitude with equal conviction. Perhaps the highest compliment that could be paid to him is that his voice was inimitable.

Issacs began recording in 1968 and found his first success in the early ’70s as he refined his persona to match the roots reggae of the day with romantic subjects. By 1975, he was working with the greatest producers of the era, recording hit after hit — often on his own label, African Museum — which remain beloved in the reggae canon. Isaacs moved more towards social criticism during his tenure with Virgin Records’ Front Line label in the late ’70s, and during this time, became a major star in Britain.

‘Night Nurse,’ his signature song and one of reggae’s archetypal tracks, speaks volumes of his career. Recorded in 1982, Isaacs’ languidly pleads for a nurse to “quench his thirst” over top of a slow-rolling bass line and catchy, understated synth hooks. Though, it was never a big hit in radio, it’s one of those songs which have reached the four corners of the world; wherever reggae is being played, ‘Night Nurse’ is never far away.

With the song released by Island Records, who eagerly signed him after Virgin inexplicably dropped him, Isaacs’ future seemed bright. However, he spent six months of the year in prison on a weapons conviction, which slowed his momentum. ‘Night Nurse’ was the beginning of a pattern in which his addiction to cocaine and subsequent troubles with the law hampered his career. Sadly, this struggle dominated many decades of his life, though he cleaned up in his last years.

Isaacs continued to make fine music and remain popular among reggae fans. When able to perform, he did so spectacularly. His 1984 album, ‘Live at the Academy Brixton,’ witnessed the depth of his fans’ love as the audience sang prolonged sections of his hits back to him. Even as he continued to slide into drug problems in the late ’80s, he was a major figure in dancehall of that era, recording anthems ‘Rumours’ and ‘Red Rose for Gregory,’ which portrayed menacing and romantic sides of his personality respectively, for a new generation of listeners.

In later years, his health problems caused him to lose his teeth and thicken his once-nimble voice. However, he continued to record steadily and perform when he could, overcoming the obstacles that his criminal record presented.

His last full-fledged album, ‘Brand New Me,’ came out in 2008, fittingly on the African Museum label. One of his last recordings was just released this month: the title track on Juno-winning Canadian reggae artist Dubmatix’ ‘System Shakedown.’

“I wrote the music specifically for Gregory,” Dubmatix said. “I wanted to reproduce the original early ’80s sound of ‘Night Nurse,’ ‘Number One’ and others. He did a quick demo and sent it over. Two nights later, I spoke with him as he was in the studio voicing the song. For me, it was a highlight musically working with one of the legends I grew up listening to in the ’80s — I never did know that he was ill.”

In remembering Isaacs’ matchless voice, reggae fans also acknowledge his volatile yet perceptive character. Perhaps the most prolific reggae singer of all time, Isaacs, even at his most mundane, had a particular point of view that brought a strong sense of drama to his songs. His death will undoubtedly spark many reappraisals of (and reissues from) his long career.

“His voice ruled the dancehalls of the ’80s,” said Dubmatix. “His legacy will continue through those incredible works of art.”

 

Source: Dikalo la Mboa Sawa | Hits: 22281 | Envoyer à des amis  ! | Imprimer ! | Réagir(1)

PLUS DE NOUVELLES


  Les Elog Mpo’o (Mpoo) se ressourcent à Edéa
( | 01.12.2007 | 23326 hits  | 0 R)

  Exclusif ! Entretien avec le Pr. NJOH MOUELLE
( | 30.11.2007 | 24968 hits  | 0 R)

  MANGA BEKOMBO Priso: Conflits d´autorité au sein de la société familiale chez les Dwala du Sud-Cameroun
( | 27.11.2007 | 23716 hits  | 0 R)

  Remember Manga Bekombo Priso (1932-2004)
( | 26.11.2007 | 21803 hits  | 0 R)

  Cet enfant de NEW-BELL NKONGMONDO: MBOM EPHREM, ancien Lions Indomptables
( | 23.11.2007 | 29338 hits  | 0 R)

  Hommage : Elle s’appelait Else Ekindi
( | 21.11.2007 | 31940 hits  | 0 R)

  "Du racisme français, Quatre siècles de négrophobie" par ODILE TOBNER
( | 21.11.2007 | 21460 hits  | 1 R)

  Et si Nkongsamba vous était contée
( | 20.11.2007 | 34967 hits  | 0 R)

  Alucam - les manifestations du cinquantenaire lancées à Edéa
( | 20.11.2007 | 24260 hits  | 0 R)

  Nkongmondo - Le miroir de la misère ambiante
( | 20.11.2007 | 22021 hits  | 0 R)

  Le Ngondo s´ouvre au Grand Sawa
( | 20.11.2007 | 19025 hits  | 0 R)

  Richard Bona parle
( | 20.11.2007 | 16119 hits  | 0 R)

  Sawanité: le pari de l’alliance
( | 12.11.2007 | 16316 hits  | 0 R)

  Bakassi Enquête: Affairisme, trafic d’armes, convoitisme du Nigeria... la tuerie
( | 11.11.2007 | 21356 hits  | 0 R)

  Fritz Dikosso-Seme : Interview "Le Ngondo en plein Sahel"
( | 11.11.2007 | 17937 hits  | 0 R)

  Entretien avec Marcien Towa
( | 11.11.2007 | 16588 hits  | 0 R)

  Bakassi: Sanglante attaque des Nigerians; 21 militaires camerounais tués et 6 blessés
( | 10.11.2007 | 21582 hits  | 0 R)

  Festival : Douala accueille le SUD (Salon Urbain de Douala)
( | 09.11.2007 | 21038 hits  | 0 R)

  Manu rend Hommage aux Tirailleurs Sénégalais
( | 09.11.2007 | 16724 hits  | 0 R)

  BlackExploitation videos & movies
( | 05.11.2007 | 19278 hits  | 0 R)

  Fête du NGUMA MABI 2007
( | 05.11.2007 | 19120 hits  | 0 R)

  Le Ngondo 2007 - les Sawa se préparent
( | 31.10.2007 | 18801 hits  | 0 R)

  Athlétisme : Françoise Mbango rompt le silence
( | 31.10.2007 | 16435 hits  | 0 R)

  EMOTION - Comment capitaliser nos ressources à cette veille du NGONDO
( | 30.10.2007 | 12975 hits  | 0 R)

  Clubs mythiques SAWA: « CAIMAN AKWA CLUB DE DOUALA »
( | 25.10.2007 | 50214 hits  | 0 R)

  Le Peuple Sawa salue la montée de Caïman en D1
( | 25.10.2007 | 15155 hits  | 0 R)

  FAKO Mountain Race of Hope 2008
( | 23.10.2007 | 20091 hits  | 0 R)

  LIMBE - Fishermen Accuse Chinese Trawlers Of Destructive Fishing By Francis Tim Mbom
( | 23.10.2007 | 14302 hits  | 0 R)

  Ebénezer Njoh Mouellé, le philosophe et la vie quotidienne
( | 19.10.2007 | 31397 hits  | 0 R)

  Ekambi Brillant et Valère Epée “ ressuscitent ” la culture camerounaise
( | 19.10.2007 | 19169 hits  | 0 R)

  TOKOTO ASHANTY, L’homme de chèvre, revient
( | 14.10.2007 | 18867 hits  | 0 R)

  EBOA LOTIN: UN POETE BANTOU
( | 08.10.2007 | 21133 hits  | 0 R)

  Quelques mélomanes parlent de ce qu’ils gardent de Samuel Eboa Lotin
( | 08.10.2007 | 21014 hits  | 0 R)

  Discours de Ruben Um Nyobe a l´ONU le 17/12/1952 et Hommage d´Achille Mbembe
( | 20.09.2007 | 25123 hits  | 0 R)

  Ruben Um Nyobe : modèle d’homme de culture
( | 13.09.2007 | 22863 hits  | 0 R)

  Steve Bantu Biko: Your memories - 12 September 1977.
( | 12.09.2007 | 24742 hits  | 0 R)

  Le Prince Alexandre
( | 09.09.2007 | 22594 hits  | 0 R)

  Les Ibos de la diaspora appellent à "l’union de tous"
( | 06.09.2007 | 20173 hits  | 0 R)

  France-Afrique: the idiocies that divide us
( | 01.09.2007 | 20133 hits  | 0 R)

  Une Television Africaine (LCA1 TV) en ligne
( | 29.08.2007 | 14352 hits  | 0 R)

  Henri Bandolo : Hommage manqué à un virtuose de la plume
( | 27.08.2007 | 28252 hits  | 0 R)

  Les descendants des Pharaons à travers l´Afrique (Extrait page.62-63)
( | 26.08.2007 | 30422 hits  | 0 R)

  Prince Bétotè DIKA AKWA nya BONAMBELA
( | 21.08.2007 | 32637 hits  | 0 R)

  FELA - a Commommeration
( | 17.08.2007 | 28838 hits  | 0 R)

  Fela Anikulapo kuti… for ever !
( | 17.08.2007 | 18782 hits  | 0 R)

  A Great Loss: The Passing of Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III (Amankwatia Baffour II) (1933-2007)
( | 16.08.2007 | 26165 hits  | 1 R)

  l’héritage de Rudolph Douala Manga Bell
( | 16.08.2007 | 20583 hits  | 0 R)

  Valère Epée : Duala Manga Bell, un exemple de patriotisme
( | 12.08.2007 | 21085 hits  | 0 R)

  Photos Souvenir des funerailles de Duala Manga Bell
( | 11.08.2007 | 30185 hits  | 0 R)

  Alexandre DOUALA MANGA BELL
( | 10.08.2007 | 26951 hits  | 0 R)



   0 |  1 |  2 |  3 |  4 |  5 |  6 |  7 |  8 |  9 |  10 |  11 |  12 |  13 |  14 |  15 |      ... >|



Jumeaux Masao "Ngondo"

Remember Moamar Kadhafi

LIVING CHAINS OF COLONISATION






© Peuplesawa.com 2007 | WEB Technology : BN-iCOM by Biangue Networks