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Warrior King Climbs The Comeback Trail

Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

Near the start of the last decade, deejay Warrior King was at the crest of the second wave of artistes enjoying a Rastafarian resurgence in dancehall. From the early to mid-1990s, Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B and, a little later, Sizzla had led the charge. Then past the turn of the millennium came Natty King, Chuck Fendah and Warrior King, the last hitting the big times with Virtuous Woman.

However, Warrior King, though performing outside Jamaica extensively, has not had a sustained presence and or recording at home for some time and now, there is yet another wave of Rastafarian artistes making an impact in dancehall, among them Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane and Khago.

Now he states, "2011 a fe Warrior King again", explaining that even when he did Virtuous Woman, Breath Of Fresh Air and Pagans, among other popular songs, he was never a prolific performer in Jamaica.

Great expectations

Among the recordings he is now banking his hopes on are I Want To Give You Love (on his own Roots Warrior label), Experience Teacheth Wisdom, Love The Way, What They Say and the upcoming album, Tell Me How Me Sound.

There are also the collaborations, Woman A Creation with Jah Silent and Glorious Feeling with Yunzi.

While showing his appreciation to his former management team, Warrior King said his current handlers will make the difference.

"Then, I did not have a proper management structure and them time I did not have a strong presence in Jamaica. Now, since 2010, I have the right team - accountant, lawyer, public relations," he said.

"Me nah say me a compete, but people will feel me presence," Warrior King said.

Still, he will not be neglecting the tours that have served him well for close to a decade. Warrior King's next tour runs from February 16 to March 23 across Europe with Turbulence and

Biggaton (who doubles as Warrior King's manager). The trek will take the team to Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Switzerland and Israel. Warrior King is unsure if he will return to Jamaica before going to do 10 shows in Japan.

In April, there is a quartet of shows in Australia, along with Toots and the Maytals and Luciano.

Warrior King is one of the performers who has chosen to live outside the music capital, Kingston, and is based in Mandeville. "It work out good. From we have things to do in Kingston, we come in and we have good studios in Mandeville. We have a dub studio at the office and (production outfit) Echo One has a good studio and we doing good work with them," Warrior King said.

"People will see a lot of Warrior King in Jamaica this year," he promised.


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