KING YELLOWMAN: classic hits, changed the reggae scene in the 80's

Jamaican reggae star, King Yellowman

In the early eighties, the reggae world took another dimension, when a Jamaican artist by name  King Yellowman, stormed the reggae scene with classic recordings that gave him international stardom.

Yellowman was born Winston Foster, on 15 January 1956, in Kingston, Jamaican. As a dancehall deejay, Yellowman used his talent to compose great songs, establishing his identity as a true reggae icon in Jamaica. 

He was born an albino and raised in an orphanage home in Kingston, yet he overcame these obstacles and went on to become one of Jamaica's biggest reggae stars.

After winning a talent contest at Tastee Patties in Kingston, Yellow went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica and the rest of the world with his boastful and sometimes sexy  lyrics. His ability to ride rhythm and excite reggae lovers made him an instant hit in Jamaica. He recorded Jamaica Nice, Strong me strong, Mi believe/ Summer Holiday and a host of others.

In his career, Yellowman recorded many classic hits. In 1986, he was diagnosed with jaw cancer. He was given only six months to live. After surgery, he was off from the music scene for a long time. Yellowman began his comeback with the song "Blueberry Hill". 

Yellowman has always been very professional to work and always a respectful and reliable human being. He has managed to outlive his predicted fate of death and his performances are incredibly lively as he seems to have an unlimited amount of stage energy. 

You can read the interview King Yellowman had with the Jamaica Gleaner here