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Encyclopedia > Conroy Smith

Conroy Smith (born in 1966 in Canterbury, Jamaica) is a reggae musician. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Statistics Population: 42,258 (2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TR145575 Administration District: City of Canterbury Shire county: Kent Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Kent Historic county: Kent Services Police force: Kent Police Ambulance service: South East Coast Post office and... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ...


History

From an early point in life he started getting involved in the music business and was, at the age of 8, a deejay for the local sound Observer. Like so many other great reggae musicians Conroy achieved his musical skills in a combination of sound system culture and school work. At age 15 he sang in school with Nadine Sutherland who urged him to move to Kingston to pursue a singing career. Eventually, it took five years to follow this advice. This was probably due to his very close relationship to his beloved mother whom he's supposed to have found difficult to leave.


Arriving in Kingston at the age of 20, Conroy was thrown in to the digital revolution of reggae music. His first track Indian Lady was released on George Phangs Powerhouse' Final Mission LP on the extremely popular version the old Heavenless riddim recorded by Sly & Robbie (the riddim from Half Pint's Greetings). Though it didn't become a major hit, producers discovered Conroy's very unique and convincing singjay talent. During the next five years (from 1985-90) he put out a long line of convincing tunes. His biggest was the 1988 big tune Dangerous released on the progressive Redman label. A cheering audience watched him perform the song live at Sting '88. Rumors have it that after spending some time in jail, he has just moved to New York. Singjaying is a Jamaican style of reggae combining toasting and singing in an elastic scat format that encourages a lot of rhythmically compelling and texturally impressive vocal embellishments. ...


Unjustly, he never become an aknowledged reggae legend. The 'curse' of the digital era in the late 80's is the fact that none of those talented artists from this period of reggae music was ever aknowledged like the roots singer of the 70's (except perhaps Tenor saw). Perhaps it's due to the fact that this period of reggae never prduced any international superstars. If any artist from this era deserved to be remembered among the truly great reggae singer of all time, Conroy Smith is definitely a candidate. Unlike most other reggae artists his catalogue is almost completely consisting of strong tunes that even today sound fresh and hard hitting.


Discography

Some of his big tunes:

  • Indian Lady
  • Girl You Must Be Stalion
  • Poor People A Suffer
  • Love Affair
  • Dangerous
  • Facts of Life
  • Sugar Me
  • Model Pon Me
  • Do Good
  • Black Indian Lady
  • Secret Admirer
  • Dollar Van Ride
  • Pray Tonight
  • Original (both on the Firehouse and Powerhouse label).

 
 

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