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Album Review

"I know the West will crumble someday," sings Bushman, but that didn't stop him from recording a positive and uplifting set of songs for Higher Ground. His socially conscious lyrics are more workmanlike than imaginative, and the music itself is somewhat short on idiosyncracies, but this is a consistently solid album nonetheless. Bushman's soulful, R&B-tinged vocals (which may remind some of Luciano) are quite engaging, as are the Dean Fraser-arranged backing vocals by the Daffodils. The album, which was expertly produced by Lloyd "King Jimmy" James, also benefits from a superb lineup of studio musicians, including such big names as Steely & Clevie and Sly & Robbie. If you enjoy modern roots reggae and dancehall music, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy this album.


Born: 1973 in Prospect Beach, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bushman was a key part of the roots reggae resurgence in Jamaica in the late 1990s, and his rich, sincere baritone give his songs a strong, bedrock appeal. Born Dwight Marvin Duncan in Prospect Beach in St. Thomas on the east coast of Jamaica in 1973, Duncan was active in church choirs by the time he was nine, and as a teen he became a selector for the Black Star Line sound system under the name Junior Melody (Duncan also occasionally billed himself as Junior Buckley). Relocating to Kingston hoping...
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: 20 March 2001

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