Album review
The Negril Chill Challenge
Yellowman (featuring Charlie Chaplin)
06 - 02 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. The Arrival
  2. Feeling Sexy
  3. Don't Sell Yourself
  4. Nuff Punany
  5. Naw Breed Again
  6. Under Gal Frock
  7. Blueberry Hill
  8. Reason With Entertainers
  9. Gone A South Africa
  10. Jah Mi Fear
  11. Trouble Rosie
  12. Old Lady
  13. Listen Charlie
  14. Same Way It Taste
  15. Calypso Jam
  16. Don't Drop Yu Pants
  17. Rent A Dread
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

The label ROIR started in 1979 as a cassette-only label, specializing in hardcore, punk, reggae, ska, dub and worldmusic. Now, twenty years later the company realises that the cassettes are becoming 'artifacts' and 'collector's items' and started rerelasing the best of their back catalog on cd, completely digitally remastered - as well as new, never before released albums from cutting-edge artists.
Yellowman (aka Winston Foster) was the deejaying sensation of the early eighties. With his inventive and amusing lyrics he achieved the status of superstar. The fact that he was an albino (an outcast in Jamaica) made his early years more difficult than anyone outside of Jamaica can possibly imagine. He endlessly boasted about how sexy, attractive and appealing he was to the opposite sex. Within a matter of months he went from social pariah to headlining act on Jamaican stage shows and his popularity rocketed. The live recorded (on a soundsystem) "Live At Aces" proved hugely successful and was widely imitated. He recorded a number of extremely popular albums for Henry Junjo Lawes and signed for a major deal to CBS as "King Yellow". Fom the mid-eighties on Yellowman lost his leading role on the Jamiacan dj scene.
On the cd The Negril Chill Challenge, he teams up with cultural deejay Charlie Chaplin aka Richard Patrick Bennett. In Jamaica, the negril Tree House is one of the best known places for music on that end of the island. This concert was recorded on February 21st, 1987. The backing band was the Sagittarius band and the MC Cordell Green does a fine job announcing the 'God..King of the Dancehall Yellowman".
Yellowman is in extremely fine form here and his performance makes the crowd goes wild. He does a selection of his hits and when deejay Charlie Chaplin joins him the listener becomes a part of and witness to the casual banter betwee these two contrasting, yet equally talented deejays.
Yellowman starts with a slack rap, on which Charlie Chaplin later on will comment : "..I'm cultural every time..", before breaking into "Our Father's Prayer". Gone A South Africa is an anti Botha tune, where they accuse the South African president of being a sodomite and bati-boy. During the concert both deejays big up fellow deejays Peter Metro, General Trees, Supercat and Josey 'The Colonel' Wales.

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