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About Jahmali

b. Ryan Thomas, 5 April 1972, Vere, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Thomas was the ninth of 10 children and was raised among the sugar plantations in the Jamaican countryside. His love for the dancehall sounds of Shabba Ranks, Pinchers, Red Dragon and Wayne Wonder inspired a move to Kingston, where he embarked on his own musical career. He received encouragement from King Jammy, Philip Fatis Burrell and Tony Rebel, although they remained hesitant about producing his work. Rebel subsequently introduced Thomas to the Rastafarian faith, which prompted a radical change in the young singers approach. Performing as Jahmali, he began voicing hits for Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital and Roof Internationals Barry OHare. A string of hits followed, including the inspired Victory, Let Me Live, Wake Up and El Shaddai. Jahmalis association with OHare led to a collaboration with Mikey Spice, who had set up his own Ingredients label. Spice produced for Jahmalis Let Jah Be Praised and Only Love, both of which demonstrated his new, conscientious stance. Jahmalis critically acclaimed debut album featured many top Jamaican performers, including Earl Chinna Smith, Sly And Robbie, Stephen Cat Coore and Aston Familyman Barrett. Jahmalis reputation was further enhanced when he recorded Mothers Cry with Buju Banton, featured on the latters accomplished 1997 release Inna Heights. Following his combination success, Jahmali released his own Cry People and the haunting Politics.

Vere, Clarendon, Jamaica
Apr 5, 1972