Artiste Tribute: King Yellowman

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Winston Yellowman Foster was born January 15, 1956, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a Jamaican reggae (rub-a-dub) and dancehall deejay, widely known as King Yellowman. He was popular in Jamaica in the 1980s, coming to prominence with a series of singles that established his reputation.

Yellowman grew up in a Catholic orphanage called Alpha Boys School in Kingston, and was shunned due to having albinism, which was usually not socially accepted in Jamaica at the time. In the late 1970s Yellowman first gained wide attention when he won the Tastee Talent Contest in Kingston, Jamaica.

In 1981, after becoming significantly popular throughout Jamaica, Yellowman became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label CBS Records. His first album release was in 1982 entitled Mister Yellowman followed by Zungguzungguguzungguzeng in 1983 earning instant success.

Yellowman's sexually explicit lyrics in popular songs such as Them a Mad Over Me boasted of his sexual prowess, like those of other reggae artiste at the time, earned Yellowman criticism.

During the early 1980s, Yellowman had over 40 singles and produced up to five albums per year. By the mid-1990s however, Yellowman released socially-conscious material, rising to international fame along with singers such as Buju Banton. Yellowman became the island's most popular deejay despite being albino.

Mister Yellowman (1982) Greensleeves Records
King Mellow Yellow Meets Yellowman (1982) Jam Rock (with King mellow yellow)
Superstar Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (1982) Joe Gibbs (with Toyan and Johnny Ringo)
Duppy Or Gunman (1982) Volcano
Jack Sprat (1982) GG's
Just Cool (1982) Jah Guidance
Live At Reggae Sunsplash (1982) Sunsplash
Them A Mad Over Me (1982) J&L
Bad Boy Skanking (1982) Greensleeves (with Fathead)
For Your Eyes Only (1982) Arrival (with Fathead)
Live At Aces (1982) VP (with Fathead)
One Yellowman (1982) Hitbound (with Fathead)
Supermix (1982) Volcano (with Fathead)
The Yellow, The Purple & The Nancy (1982) Greensleeves (with Purpleman and Sister Nancy)
Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (1983) Greensleeves/Blue Moon/Arrival
Live At Kilamanjaro (1983) Hawkeye
Live In London (1983) Thunder Bolt
Live At Ranny Williams Entertainment Center (1983) Roots Rockers (with Lord Sassafrass & Peter Metro)
Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (1984) Greensleeves
King Yellowman (1984) Columbia
One In a Million (1984) Joe Gibbs
Operation Radication (1984) Top 1000
Showdown Vol 5 (1984) Hitbound (with Fathead and Purpleman)
Two Giants Clash (1984) Greensleeves (with Josey Wales)
Galong Galong Galong (1985) Greensleeves/Blue Moon
Walking Jewellery Store (1985) Power House
Girls Them Pet (1986) Taxi
Going To The Chapel (1986) Shanachie/Greensleeves
Yellow Like Cheese (1987)
Yellowman Rides Again (1988)
Yellowman Sings The Blues (1988) Rohit
Yellow Man Meets Charlie Chaplin (1989) Power House (with Charlie Chaplin)
A Feast of Yellow Dub (1990)
Party (1991)
Mi Hot (1991) Pow Wow
Reggae on the Move (1992)
Live in England (1992) Sonic Sounds
Prayer (1994) RAS
Blueberry Hill (1994) JA
Message to the World (1995)
Divorced! (For Your Eyes Only) (1983) Burning Sounds (with Fathead)
Freedom of Speech (1997) Black Scorpio
Yellowman Rides Again (1997) RAS
Ram Dance Master (1997) Nyam Up
A Very, Very, Yellow Christmas (1998)
Stone Wall Rambo (1998) Jamaican Vibes (Sly & Robbie and Yellowman)
One in a Million (1999) Shanachie
Chronic (1999) X-Ploit (with Fathead)
Yellow Like Cheese (1999) RAS
In Bed With Yellowman (2000) Greensleeves
Good Sex Guide (2000) Greensleeves
New York (2003) RAS
Round 1 (2005) Nuff (Yellowman vs. Ninjaman)
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