For Hometown News
King Yellowman is regarded as the father of dancehall reggae and a major influence on American rap.
He will perform at 9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at Beachside Tavern, 690 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The opening act will be reggae-dance band KayaVibe from Vero Beach.
Hip-hop artists such as KRS-One, Notorious BIG, Mos Def, Tupac and Talib Kweli have duplicated Yellowman's AA-AB riddims (instrumental accompaniment). NWA and RUN-DMC have also both used his vocals on their tracks.
Yellowman was born Winston Foster in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. The name Yellowman was gained from his albino complexion, which led him to be neglected by his parents and forced to live in multiple orphanages in Jamaica. Gravitating towards music at a young age he started a career in deejaying and toasting and in the early 1980s he gained immediate notoriety by winning a Tastee Talent Competition. Since 1982 has released 26 albums. In 1986, he learned that he had developed jaw cancer, which resulted in six surgeries; however he still released two albums that year.
Yellowman has been written in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most albums released in one year (more than 50 since 1982). was the first dancehall artist to be nominated for a Grammy, the first dancehall artist to work in rap, the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major label (CBS Records) and was given the key to the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Presale tickets are $10. Tickets at the door are $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. 21 and over only.
For tickets, call (386) 424-8282.