Nicodemus (musician)

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Nicodemus
Birth name Cecil Wellington
Born 1957
Origin Jamaica
Died 1996 (aged 39)
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Years active 1976–1996

Cecil Wellington (1957–1996), better known as Nicodemus, was a Jamaican reggae deejay who released a string of albums in the 1980s and 1990s.

Biography[edit]

Born in Jamaica in 1957, he began his career in 1976 as a deejay with the Socialist Roots sound system.[1][2] He moved to Prince Jammy's sound system in 1978 and towards the end of the decade also made his first studio recordings.[1] His style was compared to Prince Far I and Prince Jazzbo.[3][4] He had a big hit with "Boneman Connection" in 1981, and remained popular throughout the first half of the 1980s, becoming regarded as a dancehall veteran.[2][5] His influence was clear on younger deejays such as John Taylor, aka Nicodemus Junior, who later had greater success after changing his stage name to Chaka Demus.[1] After a lean period between the mid 1980s and the early 1990s, when his releases were less frequent, he re-emerged in 1994 with the album The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Crazy, which was followed by Cabbin Stabbin in 1995. In 1996, he died from complications related to diabetes, aged 39, with a posthumous album, Dancehall Greats, issued two years later.[1]

Album Discography[edit]

  • Gunman Connection (1982), Cha Cha
  • Dancehall Style (1982), Black Joy
  • She Love It in the Morning (1982), Channel One
  • DJ Clash (1983), Greensleeves/Volcano - Nicodemus and Ranking Toyan
  • A Nice Up the Dance (1983), Clappers
  • The Very Best Of Nicodemus (1983), Serious Gold
  • Nuff Respect (1986), Skengdon
  • Mr. Fabulous (1986), Music Master
  • Old Veteran (1992), VP
  • The Good, the Bad, The Ugly, and the Crazy (1994) - with Super Cat, Junior Cat, and Junior Demus
  • Dancehall Giant (1994)
  • Cabbin Stabbin (1995)
  • Dancehall Greats (1998)
  • Nicodemus and Dean Fraser (2003), Cactus
  • Fatha Demus (2004), Massive B
  • D.J. Clash (3 The Hard Way) (2007), Greensleeves - with Billy Boyo and Little Harry
  • Serious Nicodemus volume 1 (2007), Sound System
  • Serious Nicodemus volume 2 (2007), Sound System

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 219-220
  2. ^ a b Campbell, Howard (2012) "Nicodemus, the deejay’s deejay", Jamaica Observer, 26 October 2012, retrieved 27 October 2012
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) the Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 209
  4. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 269
  5. ^ Kenner, Rob (2003) "Boomshots: Reggae Riddims & Reality", Vibe, December 2003

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