Flourgon

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Flourgon
Birth name Michael May
Born c.1970
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Years active Mid-1980s–present
Labels Techniques, VP, Exterminator
Associated acts Red Dragon

Michael May (born c.1970), better known as Flourgon, is a Jamaican dancehall artist.

Biography[edit]

May got his nickname of 'Flourgon', which became his stage name, due to his love of dumplings.[1] After being tutored by Charlie Chaplin, he gained experience deejaying on various Kingston sound systems, he started his own — Sweet Love, which featured Buju Banton early in his career.[1][2] He often performed with his brother, the deejay Red Dragon, and with his close friends Daddy Lizard (also his brother-in-law) and Sanchez.[1][2] He released several Jamaican hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, recording for producers such as Winston Riley, Steely & Clevie, and Philip "Fatis" Burrell, both solo efforts and in combination with other deejays and singers such as Red Dragon, Freddie McGregor ("Bless My Soul"), Sanchez ("Madly In Love"), Ninjaman ("Zip It Up"), and Thriller U ("Girls Just Wanna Have Fun").[2][3][4][5] His success continued into the 21st century, and he continued to perform live but his releases became less frequent.[1][2] In 2010 he announced the intention to release a new album titled Can't Live Without You, but it has yet to be released.[5]

May became a Rastafarian and no longer performs some of his earlier material, saying in 2008: "certain songs mi used to do mi wouldn't do anymore. I'm more conscious now".[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Red Dragon Vs Flourgon (1989), Techniques
  • Count Out (1989), VP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Henry, Krista (2008) "Glory days - Flourgon 'Run Tings' in late '80s", Jamaica Gleaner, 13 April 2008, retrieved 2011-05-09
  2. ^ a b c d Moskowitz, David V. (2006) "Flourgon" in Caribbean Popular Music: am Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 113
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) "Flourgon" in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 100-101
  4. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 302, 312
  5. ^ a b McLean, Roxroy (2010) "Where are they now? Deejay Flourgon", Jamaica Star, 12 February 2010, retrieved 2011-05-09