Ward 21

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Ward 21
Ruhr Reggae Summer Mülheim 2014 Ward 21 01.jpg
Ward 21 feat. Marcy Chin at Ruhr Reggae Summer 2014
Background information
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Dancehall, reggae
Years active 1998 - present
Labels Greensleeves, Jammy's
Website ward21music.com
Members Andre "Suku" Gray
Mark "Mean Dog" Henry
Kunley McCarthy
Past members Ranaldo "Rumblood" Evans

Ward 21 are a group of dancehall musicians and producers from Kingston, Jamaica, named after the psychiatric ward at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston.[1] Comprising Ward 21 are renowned producers and have created hit dancehall riddims like "Badda badda", "Da Joint", "Bellyas", and "Volume" as well as hit singles like "Haters" and "Judgement Day".

History[edit]

The group formed in the late 1990s and originally had four members — Kunley McCarthy, Andre "Suku" Gray, Mark "Meandawg" Henry, and Ranaldo "Rumblood" Evans.[2] They were mentored by King Jammy and acted as selectors for his sound system.[2] After leaving Jammy they signed to New York label Natural Bridge.[2] They had their first success with the "Bada Bada" riddim in 1998, which was the basis of tracks by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Chuck Fenda.[2] As well as success as producers they had hits in their own right with tracks such as "Haters", "Judgement Day", and "Blood Stain".[2] The group's first album, Mentally Disturbed, was released in 2001.[3]

In 2005, the group went on a tour through Europe, playing shows in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. They also performed at Europe's biggest reggae festival, Summerjam, later that year.[4] Evans left the group in 2008.[2]

Ward 21's productions include Capleton's "Slew Dem" and the Wayne Marshall/Bounty Killer duet "When The Smoke Clears".[2] In addition to countless singles (released mostly on King Jammy's label) and tracks on compilations, Ward 21 have released three albums on the reggae label Greensleeves. The band had participated in 311's remix of Amber song in Supa Dups Remix. They also appear on Major Lazer's second album Free the Universe, on the track "Mashup the Dance".

On 22 January 2014 they released their fifth album, Still Disturbed, featuring contributions from Sean Paul and Konshens.[5] The group played in Europe several times to promote the album.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Mentally Disturbed (2001), Greensleeves
  • U Know How We Roll (2003), Greensleeves
  • King of the World (2007), Jamdown
  • Genesis (2009), DHF
  • Still Disturbed (2014), Germaica Digital

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Urban Review - Ward 21, Mentally Disturbed
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Morgan, Simone (2013) "Back on Ward 21", Jamaica Observer, 1 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013
  3. ^ Aaron, Charles (2002) "Ward 21 Mentally Disturbed", Spin, February 2002, p. 36. Retrieved 2 November 2013
  4. ^ 23rd SUMMERJAM Festival 2008 04 - 06. Juli 08 | REGGAE News & Festival Info | Ward 21 | SUMMERJAM ARTISTS 2005
  5. ^ a b Morgan, Simone (2014) "Ward 21 launches new project", Jamaica Observer, 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014

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