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Zebra

Page history last edited by PBworks 15 years, 6 months ago

Zebra (b. Garfield Vassell, in St. Catherine, Linstead, Jamaica, c. 1972) grew up in the areas of Spanish Town, Central Village, Hanover and Montego Bay. He is the son of famed singer Dennis Walks.

 

He started deejaying in 1990 for Strike Force Sound System. Zebra has also worked with sounds such as Turbo Crown, Dan Reuben, City Rock, Stone Love, Metro Media, Adonai, Black Scorpio, Gemini, Bodyguard and Exodus Nuclear. In '98 he appeared at Sting with great success.

 

In 1991 he had a major hit with the song »Weh Yu Run Fah« that was produced by Prince Jazzbo and released on the producers Ujama imprint. The single would also be the title of an album produced by Jazzbo also released on Ujama. The album was also re-released in 1999 as The Winner with some more songs on it. The title track being over the Drifter rhythm which was originally a major hit for his father. Zebra has also recorded for King Jammys, Steely & Clevie, The Mixing Lab, Q45 and Shines. Spawning hits such as »Picture Fi Frame«, »Redder Than Red« and »Rupert«.

 

A reason for some controversy has been the obvious influence of the deejay Tiger on Zebras chatting style (even down to the stripes of the animal!). Kiprich and Leftside did a humorous tribute to the both deejays with their song »The Tribute (To Tiger & Zebra)« in which they cover some of the controversies between them.

 

In 2001 was sentenced to 10 years prison for a rape conviction, assault at common law and breaching a probation order. The 9th of September in 2008 he was released after serving seven years at Tower Street Correctional Center.

 

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