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While it wasn’t his debut album, 1982’s Wa-Do-Dem revealed Eek-A-Mouse’s wholly original and strangely alluring style. His half-sung, half-spoken vocals can be nasally playful or faraway ghostly, and his ability to turn nonsense syllables into otherworldly incantations is nothing short of brilliant. And there are compelling narratives, such as “Ganja Smuggling”, which tells of an innocent kid’s initiation into the drug trade, and “Operation Eradication”, a story of Eek’s murdered friend, fellow toaster Errol Shorter. The rock-solid rhythms of Eek’s backing group, Roots Radics, bring this incredible set full circle.

Biography

Born: 19 November 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ludicrous, bizarre, and uniquely original, few DJs have made such a splash in the dancehall scene than Eek-A-Mouse. An artist who in any other country would have been a one-hit wonder, in Jamaica became a household name having invented a whole new vocal style, sing-jay, flooding the airwaves with his catch phrases and going on to become a respected toaster. Eek-A-Mouse didn't start out as a novelty act....
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