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Ini Kamoze

For Ini Kamoze, the road to success has been arduous and he has undergone many substantial changes musically and physically since he burst onto the music scene in 1983 with his highly successful eponymous debut album for Island. Known as "The Hotstepper," Kamoze advocates change through what he calls "intelligent and constructive militancy" rather than random acts of violence.

Kamoze made his recording debut in the early '80s with a 12" single "Trouble You a Trouble Me" on Taxi and found immediate success. He then began touring as part of the Taxi Connection International Tour with Yellowman and Half Pint. During this time, Kamoze was 6' tall, reed thin and appeared too frail to contain his powerful stage presence. He followed up his first album success with Pirate, but the recording received mixed reactions and wasn't as successful. Kamoze then retaliated with several hit singles recorded on his Slekta label. One of the biggest hits from this period was "Shocking Out" which was eventually picked up by the RAS label in 1988. In 1985, Kamoze had greater success with Settle with Me, which produced such hits as "C all the Police" and "Taxi with Me." By 1988, Kamoze's successes became intermittent and his career erratic. Kamoze suddenly disappeared from the music scene. He returned with a new, more aggressive image in 1994, signing to Sony and exploded back into the charts with "Here Comes the Hotstepper." The song made its debut on the compilation reggae album Stir It Up from Columbia, and then showed up on the soundtrack of Robert Altman's feature film Pret-A-Porter. Produced by Salaam Remi, it was released as a single in 1995 and spent two weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot Singles Chart, and nearly four months appearing on various other charts. Kamoze made a video for the song and with his beefy, well-muscled physique and long dreadlocks, no longer fit the description of the liner notes on his 1983 debut album that characterized him as a "pencil thin....disentangled....six-foot vegetarian." With the success of his new single, Kamoze was now a gangster and began a series of promotional tours in LA. Kamoze refused to categorize his music and remained open to singing a variety of songs from different sources, but he took a decade long break before surfacing again. When he did, it was with Debut, a 2006 album that featured rerecordings of his early hits. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Hee! Hee! Heeee!! :)
HAIL JAH , the first the last the beginning and the end
top shelf song
love this song, especially the Ziggy marley version
I grew up Loving this song and him
allen_80
Real music
flpropertypi r a t e s
1 love as da mon give e to u!
Rastafari !!good sound reggae music
ggidnoggy
Love this kind of music
Peace love and happiness
Statement staement respect good vibes .
Love this song so much i like it alot alot alot alot
zinziibakwad
bless n salute
Ini kamoze jams u no....out in the streets they call it murder on some real s**t u no.....grew up too this jams... ...BOB. M.. r.i.p....the legend....WI L M A S WEST HARBOR AREA SUR13 all day long
these are tunes to sit down, relax, and meditate on the lyrics. just let it soak in alright rasta!
tropicarl
Where was ini kamoze born
Not a very accurate bio of ini komoze but a good try anyway. The LP statement came out before Pirate and his return to prominence with a pretty good ,almost Hip Hop album probably should have been noted more clearly. Oh well, peace
This isn't a song it's a musician singer so get that s**t right just wanted to let you people know that but then again you're probably not going to be coming back to the page
This song brings back memories!!!
This song is awesome!! I love it!!!
All Respect to the most I ! Blessing and Praise!
Best song in the world i think
Love this song
I say the boom mann
matawans
Boy if only I could have ackee and salt fish with this music.
this jam makes me wana burn one jst b cuss its a bomb song
1050545921
Love it
Grew up too this jams all day u no...regaee muzic jams. ...WILMAS WEST HARBOR AREA SUR13
Awesomeness I love this
Exactly trible sounds? Your welcome
dwilliamson2 3 5 6
Yahoo mon respect
Dat Reggae
Thanks a lot, it dint work.
ugoods


cbruttomesso 7 0 2

Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at leats 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary because it works

ok
Respect
Jah lov the Rastafarian .
Heliae Selasie I, jah know praises to thaaa mos highh !!
I'll remember you if you remember me
If any body is Rastafarian, comment on my profile... I would like to become part of the lifestyle but need help
Thanks ! Happy holidays and much love!!
Nice toons enjoying music like mary. Dont ever worry dont act scary , just relax roll rock n ejoy the smoke lik a sweet cherry. Everybody hoo reads this have a merry merry .cristmas
You man smoke the beautiful plant or just listen to reggae but the love will always be heard. Why fight when we can be together... All races... All sexes... All as one in the loop of love. Thats all bob wanted and thats all i want in the future for our human race of what is now filled with hatred and war mixed with power without the love. Much respect my fellow brother and sisters who do love.
JAH MON
GOOD VIBES
MUCH LOVE TO THE REGGAE COMMUNITY
It has has it?
World of regaee music neva left ya..it's always been with ya
Wicked nuff said
Best vibe Eva
forumtek
When are they going to be in NY?
forumtek
really good music
Best reggae :)
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