King Yellowman

King Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. His upbringing at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and being albino in Jamaica were two obstacles the he overcame and went on to be (at one time) the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.

After winning a talent contest at Tastee Patties in Kingston, Yellow went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica and the rest of the world with his boastful and sometimes bodacious lyrics. His ability to ride rhythm and excite a crowd made Yellow an instant hit in Jamaica. He also began to work with the Ace Sound System in St. Thomas and drew big crowds at his dancehall performances. Later in his career, Yellow began to spread out and work for a number of different producers, sometimes releasing as many as five albums per year. This led to a recording contract with CBS Records. Yellowman recorded one album with them before he was diagnosed with jaw cancer and was given six months to live. This was in 1986. After surgery an extended leave of absence from the record industry, Yellowman began his comeback with the song "Blueberry Hill", and his career was re-launched. His first album for RAS came from producer Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell and was called "Yellow Like Cheese". Coincidentally this was the start of a long and fruitful relationship with RAS and Yellowman and also RAS and 'Fatis' and his exterminator production. Yellowman has always been very professional to work with and always a respectful and reliable human being. He has managed to outlive his predicted fate of death and his performances are incredibly lively as he seems to have an unlimited amount of stage energy. We can only hope for the best for Yellowman. He has continued his hard work and his devotion to his family is to be complimented.

The rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s, Jamaica's albino son Yellowman made as many enemies as fans with his controversial, often overtly sexist (if tongue in cheek) lyrics. Now back on the Ragga scene, singing at a slightly slower pace, Yellowman's witticisms are as cheeky, spirited and intelligent as ever, and delivered with his customary sharp, melodic style.

Shows

Victoria Curling Club
Fri. June 24th 21:30
$29.50 - $35 advance Ticket Info
Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival Night 3 – Sons & Daughters of Reggae
Friday, June 24, 2022 @ Victoria Curling Club
King Yellowman & K'Reema, Pressure Busspipe and DJ Arems & DJ Kemo
Doors - 9:30pm
All Ages, Tickets $29.50 - $35 advance, available at ticketweb.ca,
Hardcopies available in Victoria at Destination Greater Victoria Tourist Booth,
In Nanaimo at Fascinating Rhythm, in Courtenay at Bop City Records and in Vancouver at Red Cat Records (Both locations)

We mark night 3 of Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival by celebrating the cross-generational appeal and power of reggae music KING YELLOWMAN & K'REEMA and PRESSURE BUSSPIPE. There are few dancehall deejays as renowned and legendary as the mighty KING YELLOWMAN and Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival is beyond excited to welcome the icon back. Side by side with his incredibly talented and captivating daughter K'REEMA, festival goers can expect a truly unforgettable performance that highlights the best of dancehall and reggae, with splashes of modern R&B and soul dripping through their performance. An albino who was abandoned as a youth and shunned by parts of the reggae community as he grew up, King Yellowman has persisted through it all and remains a shining example of the power of reggae and continues to spread a message of peace, love and unity for all people regardless of colour, race, sexual orientation or identity.

We are extremely proud to welcome world-renowned reggae artist PRESSURE BUSSPIPE to Victoria (And to BC as a whole!) for the very first time on Friday, June 24 at the Victoria Curling Club where he'll be sharing the bill with the iconic King Yellowman & K'reema. Pressure has been one of the most exciting voices in reggae since the 2005 release of his heralded debut album “The Pressure Is On.” Many of his singles – most notably his 2007 mega-hit “Love and Affection” - have become staples of reggae lovers around the globe. He is undoubtedly one of modern reggae's greatest ambassadors, singing powerful songs of love and struggle, spreading the gospel of real reggae music wherever he goes. Pressure Busspipe is truly a man in demand and has collabroated with some of the biggest names in reggae and hip-hop like Damian and Stephen Marley, Proteje, Redman, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jah9 to name but a few. He'll be coming to Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest backed with his band for what is sure to be one of the most powerful and exciting performances the city is going to see this summer.

Keeping our feet moving between sets for our reggae celebration is the powerhouse DJ combo of DJ KEMO & DJ AREMS. Expect the finest in reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and everything in between when these two get behind the wheels of steel. Guaranteed wall-to-wall freshness from opening to closing on this Friday night reggae party.