George Nooks

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George Nooks
Also known as Prince Mohamed
Born c.1958
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Lovers Rock, Gospel
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1974 – present
Labels Joe Gibbs, VP, Ariola, Jet Star, Total

George Nooks, aka Prince Mohamed, Prince Mohammed, or George Knooks (born c.1958, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae singer who initially found fame as a deejay.

Biography[edit]

Nooks started his musical career in the youth choir at his church, and moved on to perform at school concerts and talent shows. After first recording professionally in 1974, Nooks first found success performing under the name Prince Mohamed, as a deejay on discomix tracks for producer Joe Gibbs, notably on Dennis Brown's 1978 hit "Money in my Pocket", and "How Could I Leave", as well as "Light Up Your Spliff" for producer Prince Tony Robinson.[1] He moved on to work with other producers such as Alvin Ranglin and Bunny Riley. His first album, a joint effort with General Echo, People Are You Ready, was released on the United Artists subsidiary Ballistic in 1978.[1] This was followed by African Roots, recorded the following year for producer Linval Thompson. He had a hit in Jamaica with "Forty Legs Dread", and the increasing violence in Kingston prompted Nooks to record a version of Little Roy's "Tribal War", now singing rather than deejaying, and released under his real name, which he followed with a cover version of Errol Dunkley's "Darling Ooh".[1] Nooks would subsequently concentrate on his singing, releasing the Today album in 1981, although he reverted to Prince Mohamed in 1982 for an album with June Lodge. His singing gained comparisons with Dennis Brown, who he would later pay tribute to with a double album of Brown covers.

It would be 1997 before Nooks released another album, his self-titled collection resulting in three Tamika Reggae Music awards,[2] but since 1997 he has been quite prolific, releasing a string of solo albums, as well as albums shared with Glen Washington, Roland Burrell, Singing Melody and Lukie D. He continues to perform and record, mixing reggae and Gospel.

Nooks also works as a producer, and has run his own Total Records label since the early 1990s.

Albums[edit]

Prince Mohamed[edit]

  • People Are You Ready (1978) Ballistic (with General Echo)
  • African Roots (1979) Burning Rockers
  • No One Remember Africa (1979) GG's
  • Bubbling Techniques
  • Inna Him Head (1980) Joe Gibbs
  • Someone Loves You Honey (1982) Joe Gibbs/Ariola (June Lodge featuring Prince Mohamed)

George Nooks[edit]

  • Today (1981) Jimpy's
  • One of a Kind (1990), Mr. Doo
  • George Nooks (1997) Correct
  • This One's For You (1999) VP
  • Standing By (2001) VP
  • Damage (2001) Charm
  • Toe 2 Toe vol. 2 (2002) Jet Star (George Nooks & Glen Washington)
  • Better Days (2002) Jet Star
  • Created by the Father (2002) Cactus (with Roland Burrell)
  • No Power on Earth (2002) Jet Star
  • Singers (2003) Brick Wall (Singing Melody, Lukie D, and George Nooks)
  • Don't Give Up (2004) Jet Star
  • Jet Star Reggae Max (2004) Jet Star
  • Giving Thanks (2005)
  • George Nooks Sings Dennis Brown: The Voice Lives On (2006)
  • Come a Long Way (2006) Cousins
  • So Excited (2007) Tafari
  • Diamond Series (2008) Tad's/Total
  • Broken Vessel (2012), Tad's International

DVDs[edit]

  • God is Standing By (2005) Jet Star (with Sanchez)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  2. ^ Bush, John, allmusic biography, allmusic.com, Macrovision Corporation

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