Captain Barkey is dead.

Early Saturday morning October 13, 2012, Captain Barkey was shot dead in the parking lot of a motel in Bronx, New York, when the artist and his female companion were about to leave the motel in the woman's white Toyota Camry. It is said that the couple has been murdered by the jealous ex lover of the 38-year-old woman.

Captain Barkey, born Joslyn Hamilton, 5 November 1961, Jamaica, followed the usual path to prominence, performing on a number of sound systems in Jamaica. He established a notable reputation performing as a resident DJ with the Stereo One sound system alongside Wickerman and Lieutenant Stitchie. In 1991 he recorded "Gun" and "Original Get And No Chat" for Steely & Clevie, which were popular hits in both the dancehall and on the reggae charts. Following on from the unprecedented success of Shaggy's version of the Folks Brothers' "Oh Carolina", he recorded "Slow Type Of Death" over Brian And Tony Gold's remake of the hit with King Jammy. His hit was featured on the one-riddim album "Carolina My Darling", along with two other cuts from the Captain, "Teck A Man Woman" and the similar "Wok A Man Woman".

Recording with a number of producers he enjoyed hits with "Gal At Mi Door", the resentful "Some Gal A Idiot", along with "Tek Somebody", "Go Go Wine" and "Claffy". By 1995 he performed the more conscientious "Anti Christ", which was featured on the b-side of Simpleton's "Quarter To Twelve". Both tracks were produced by the celebrated duo of Anthony Red Rose and Anthony Malvo. Sounding similar to Mad Cobra, in the introduction he condemned evil-doers, followed by the infectious chorus, "Anti Christ - no dem no nice - trying to mash up Rastaman life".

He continued to maintain a high profile throughout the 90s. In 1996 notable hits included, "8000 888 000", "Go Go Macarena" and "Go Go Wine" while in 1997 he released, "Can't Tek Your Man" and the riotous "Pose Gal Pickney". In the beginning of 1998 he recorded in combination with his long time sparring partner Wickerman and Angel Douglas for the resolute, "Ambition", as well as "Eight Cylinder", which led to his supporting Tanto Metro & Devonte on the "Go So" riddim when he performed "Some Gal". By the close of the century Hamilton relished an international reggae hit with the dancehall favourite "Wave Yu Hand" for the producer, Colin "Fatta" Walters. By 2000 Barkey and Wickerman were reunited when they performed as part of Worm Dem Crew. The duo were also featured in the theatrical production, "Ghetto Justice", that also starred Red Rat and Tanto Metro in their acting debuts.

Sources: The New York Post, The Jamaica Observer, The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae.
Captain Barkey
1961-2012




SELECTIVE DISCOGRAPHY:

7" Singles:

  • Foreign Duppy - Stereo One
  • Bam Bam - Violence L
  • Me A Killer Soljie
  • Out Dated (with Wickerman & Little Twitch) - Jammy's Records
  • Just Shoot - Jammy's Records
  • Private Call (with Jennifer Lara) - Jammy's Records
  • Mr. Bunner Man - Jammy's Records
  • No Gun Man No Cry - Jammy's Records
  • Solid - Select
  • Teck A Man Woman - Jammy's Records
  • Done Get The Money - Lexus International
  • Claffy - Arrows Records
  • Grammy Body - Digital-B
  • Gal At Mi Door - Colin Fat Records
  • 800-888-8000 - Annex
  • Go Go Wine - Stone Love Music
  • Cologne / Mad Dem - Fat Eyes
  • Go Go Makarina - Worm Dem Records
  • Mi Naah - Jammy's Records
  • Mr. Right Size - Mr. Take Care Of Business
  • Girlie Girlie (with Angel Doolas) - Stone Love Music
  • Please (Let Me Put It In) - Main Street
  • Di Count - Juvenile
  • She Is Mine (with Angel Doolas) - Dynamite Records
  • Dance To My Song - Pot Of Gold
  • Real Bad Man (with Angel Doolas) - Digital-B
  • Father & Son (with Ricky Rudie) - Shocking Vibes
  • Pare Hands - Desulme Productions
  • Unnu Memba (with Wickerman) - Shocking Vibes
  • Right Hands - Thirty Six Degrees Recordings
  • Behave Miself So - Roaring Lion Records
  • Fat Man Slim Man (with Wickerman) - Free Willy
  • Thieves & Police (with Courtney John) - Sweet Beat
  • Bun Fi Bun - Shalom
  • Mr. Woody - Kennedy International Records
  • Mix Up (with U Madoo) - Sonic Sounds
  • Jump Fence (with Buju Banton & Thriller U) - Natural Bridge
  • No Anti Christ - How Yu Fi Sey Dat?
  • Senorita - Creation Music
  • Woman And Man - Youngster Promotion
  • Be Careful Of The Oil - Merger
  • Slow Wine - Duke
  • Hot Girl - Explorer Recording Company
  • Pan Mi Blade - Father & Son Records
  • Kill A Drum Pan - Taxi
  • We A Killer - Yammie Music
  • Money Fi Spend - Taxi
  • Two Ones Two - Big Jeans Records
  • Informa - King Dragon
  • Jah Say So - Ranking Joe Music

12" Singles:

  • Stamina Man / Kill A Sound - Ossie
  • Cutty Ranks / Captain Barkey - Grizzle / Gwaan Go Bade - Steely & Clevie Records
  • Pinchers / Captain Barkey - Bigger Gun / Dem Gun - Jammy's Records
  • Capleton / Captain Barkey - Man Kind / Box Fi Bun - Colin Fat Records
  • Butterfly Dance - Wizard Records
  • Simpleton & Captain Barkey - 1/4 To 12 / Anti-Christ - Greensleeves Records
  • Mad Cobra / Captain Barkey - Dun Wife / Anti-Christ - How Yu Fi Sey Dat?
  • Spragga Benz / Captain Barkey - How Long / Grammy Body - VP Records
  • General Degree / Captain Barkey - No Borrow / Bat Man - Jammy's Records
  • Pinchers / Captain Barkey - Jah Is The Man Who Pay / Go Wey - Greensleeves Records
  • Merciless / Captain Barkey - Wann Know Mi Yard / Not Ah Pu - VP Records
  • Jigsy King / Captain Barkey - Wantie Wantie / No Funny Thing - VP Records
  • Captain Barkey / Frankie Paul - Mother Miserable / Miserable Woman - Observer
  • Red Rat / Angel Doolas & Captain Barkey - Buss Up Pants Waist / 2 X 4 - VP Records
  • Captain Barkey / Fargo Vice - Jing Bang / Conserve Pon Loving - MacDaDa Productions
  • Angel Doolas & Captain Barkey / Tony Curtis - Girlie Girlie / I'm Going Crazy - Stone Love
  • Captain Barkey / Glen Ricks - Sound Fi Dead / Lately - VP Records
  • Singing Sweet / Captain Barkey - Save The Best For Last / Boy Fe Get Bun - Colin Fat Records
  • Collin Roach & Captain Barkey / Daddy Blue - Hold On To What You've Got / Get Bosey - Tan-Yah