Nora Dean

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Nora Dean
Born 1952
Origin Jamaica
Genres Rocksteady, reggae, gospel
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts The Soulettes, The Ebony Sisters

Nora Dean (born 1952)[1] is a Jamaican reggae singer, best known for her 1970 hit "Barbwire", who later recorded as a gospel artist.


Dean recorded as a member of The Soulettes (with Rita Marley) and The Ebony Sisters before recording as a solo artist. She recorded for Lee "Scratch" Perry, including the 1969 single "The Same Thing That You Gave to Daddy".[1] Dean had her first hit in 1970 for producer Byron Smith with "Barbwire", based on The Techniques' "You Don't Care".[2] She enjoyed further success with "Night Food Reggae".[2] She went on to record for Sonia Pottinger, Harry Mudie ("Let Me Tell You Boy"), and Bunny Lee, including a version of "Que Sera Sera", retitled "Kay Sarah".[2] She contributed backing vocals to Jimmy Cliff's 1973 album Unlimited. Dean moved to New York City in the mid-1970s, where she married. After several years away from music she returned in the 1980s, singing in a lovers rock style.[2] In the 1990s she began recording again, now concentrating on gospel music, releasing several albums in the years that followed.


  • Play Me a Love Song (1981), Nationwide
  • My Soul Loves Jesus (1996), Aquarius
  • Melody of Praise (1998), Aquarius
  • Down On My Knees (1999), Faith Gospel Recording Ministry
  • The Love of God - Reach Down To Me (2000), Faith Gospel Records Productions
  • Breakthrough (200?), Evangelist
  • Merry Christmas (2004)
  • At Calvary (2006)


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 417, 444
  2. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 74