Ijahman Levi

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Ijahman Levi
2013-08-24 Chiemsee Reggae Summer - I-Jahman Levi 6285-cropped.JPG
Ijahman Levi at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Background information
Birth name Trevor Sutherland
Born 1946
Origin Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels Island Records
Ijahman Levi with House of Riddim (2013)

Ijahman Levi (born Trevor Sutherland in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica on June 21, 1946) is a reggae musician. In his early years, Levi was tutored by musician and vocal teacher, Joe Higgs.[1] His first album, Haile I Hymn, was released on Island Records in 1978. He became Ijahman Levi after a religious conversion to the Rastafari movement when he was in prison between 1972 and 1974. It and the following records preach Rastafari movement as well as Twelve Tribes of Israel doctrine.

Biography[edit]

After moving with his parents to the United Kingdom in 1963[2] in 1966 and 1969 he released two singles under the name of The Youth. The first one was in 1966 for Polydor 56121 "As Long As There is Love" c/w "Your One and Only Man", both covers of Jimmy Ruffin and Otis Redding songs. They were cut in a typical mod R&B soul style. His second single was for Deram 226, released 17 January 1969, and featured "Meadow of My Love" c/w "Love Me or Leave Me". The B-side was self-written, being credited to 'Sutherland'. This single was in a psychedelic summer pop style. Levi is best known for, "I Do", a duet he recorded in 1985 with his second wife, Madge. The song performed well on the British music charts, reaching top position.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • 1978 - Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1)
  • 1979 - Are we a Warrior
  • 1978 - Haile I Hymn (Chapter 2)
  • 1982 - Tell it to the Children
  • 1984 - Lilly of my Valley
  • 1985 - Africa
  • 1986 - I Do (avec Madge)
  • 1987 - Forward Rastaman
  • 1987 - Culture Country
  • 1988 - Ijahman and Friends
  • 1988 - Over Europe Live
  • 1989 - Inside Out
  • 1991 - On Track
  • 1991 - Love Smiles
  • 1992 - Kingfari
  • 1993 - Entitlement
  • 1993 - Gemini Man
  • 1994 - Two Double Six
  • 1994 - Black Royalties
  • 1995 - Home Free by Madge
  • 1995 - Live in Paris 1994
  • 1995 - Ijahman Sings Bob Marley
  • 1996 - Ijahman & Bob Marley in Dub
  • 1997 - Live at Reggae on the River
  • 1997 - Beauty and the Lion
  • 1997 - Lion Dub Beauty
  • 1998 - Crocodile Man
  • 1998 - Monkey Man
  • 2000 - Arkart
  • 2001 - The Roots of Love
  • 2006 - Versatile Life

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harris, Craig "Artist Biography by Craig Harris", Allmusic, Retrieved 28 July 2014
  2. ^ Ijahman Levi: I & Jah