from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Lionel Barker, a.k.a. "Bingie Barker", was born in Kingston Jamaica to ace calypso king " Lord Jellico" and choir singer Esmie. Listening to radio stations and highly competitive sound systems blazing music day and night was normal and Bingie rarely missed a live concert in Kingston. Overwhelming performances at these concerts by local and foreign artists influenced Bingie to the point where he formed a trio, "Bingie And The Astronaughts". Rehearsal and lyrics writing dominated the group's lifespan.
Bingie emigrated to Canada in the seventies, attending college and working with the "Sound of Freedom" band, performing alongside "The Fabulous 5, Inner Circle Band, and an array of international artists.
In 1990 "Bingie Barker And The Raggamuffin Band" was formed, taking the city of Ottawa like a storm and capturing the "Band Of The Year" and "Vocalist Of The Year" awards.
In 1999 he released his mini-album 'Rebel.Com' that consists of five tracks, all produced by Steve Hollingworth, who also performs as dj rapper on the album. The album features two covers : Wild Thing Grovistic, which is a cover of The Troggs' tune, and Fever the US classic. The opening tune Smile Like An Angel is a rocking reggae tune, whilst Office Overtime deals with adultery : "I'm just juggling in another man's world". The album closes with the reality tune Mr. President.
The musicians include :
Bingie Barker, Lead Vocals - Alton "Killa" Ardent, DJ Rapper - Steve Hollingsworth, Keyboards, Programming, Drum & Backing Vocals - Ross McRae, Guitars - John Dillabough, Backing Vocals - Charlie Grassi, Keyboard - Kelly Barker, Backing Vocals - Paulette Barker, Backing Vocals - Sandra Latty, Backing Vocals - Miriam Edwards, Backing Vocals