Bigupradio.com presents the reggae sensation LUCIANO this Thursday on KNOTTY DREAD RADIO. Hosted by Jah Marvin, KNOTTY DREAD RADIO is a weekly dancehall show that features the best of the best dancehall. Luciano is one of the most wonderful reggae artists in the business as well as being a truly wonderful person. LUCIANO has just released his latest album "Jah is My Navigator" with VP Records. Don’t miss this exclusive interview and hear tracks from his latest album. Find out all you need to know Thursday! Tune into BigUpRadio Dancehall this Thursday! ONE LOVE
Luciano’s story begins in Davey Town, a small, close-knit community in the Jamaican parish of Manchester, where he was born Jepther McClymont on the 20th October 1964. After singing in his local church choir and in neighbouring youth clubs Jepther eventually moved to the capital Kingston, where he became an upholsterer by day and singer on sound systems by night. It was by voicing dubplates that his reputation spread, and recordings for Earl Haynes, Zagalou’s Homer Harris – who named him Luciano after the Lucky Luciano movie character – and producer Sky High soon followed, although it wasn’t until he sang for New Name’s Castro Brown and then Freddie McGregor‘s Big Ship operation that he chalked up his first major hits. "Shake It Up Tonight" duly became his first UK No. 1 in 1993, by which time he’d also voiced songs for Pickout, Diamond Rush, Saxon and Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label. More importantly he’d also met Xterminator producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell, who encouraged him to write original material and then released the two singles that were to establish Luciano’s early standing as a singer of depth and meaning, namely "Chant Out" and the now classic "Poor And Simple". The Xterminator imprint was already famed for its superb rhythm tracks and a growing catalogue of dancehall and cultural anthems by the likes of Cocoa Tea, Tony Rebel and Capleton, even before Luciano joined their fold. With musicians such as Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, The Firehouse Crew and Third World guitarist Cat Coore to draw upon, Fatis had creaed a sound capable of taking reggae music forwards, even whilst remaining true to time honoured values of the past.