Ini Kamoze

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Ini Kamoze
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Ini Kamoze in 1998
Background information
Origin Saint Mary, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Reggae artist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981–present
Labels 9SoundClik
Columbia/SME Records
EastWest Records
Mango Records
Island Records
Website www.inikamoze.com

Ini Kamoze (/ˈni kəˈmzi/) is a Jamaican reggae artist who began his career in the early 1980s and in 1995 gained international recognition with his signature song "Here Comes the Hotstepper". The single topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as record charts in Denmark and New Zealand, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2]

Career[edit]

He made his first single, "World Affairs", in 1981. Kamoze then released a 12-inch single "Trouble You A Trouble Me"/"General" in 1983. His self-titled debut album was released in 1984 as a six track mini-LP on Island Records.[3]

The album was recorded with and produced by Sly and Robbie, with whom he toured internationally along with Yellowman and Half Pint.[4][5][6][7] Kamoze was known for his "commanding presence" and "sinuous vocal style".[8] Kamoze founded his own label, releasing a compilation album Selekta Showcase which featured a popular Kamoze single titled "Stress".[3] Four years later he released his next album, 16 Vibes of Ini Kamoze, which sold well.[3]

In 1994, he released "Here Comes the Hotstepper". Kamoze would become known as the "Hotstepper", from the patois for a man on the run from the law. The song was originally recorded with Philip "Fatis" Burrell and later remixed by Salaam Remi, and initially featured on a reggae music compilation Stir It Up, released on the Epic label.[3][9] "Here Comes the Hotstepper" was not an entirely new composition, having roots in the song "Land of 1000 Dances", which was a number one R&B hit for Wilson Pickett in 1966 and was first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962 and reprised in 1963 by Fats Domino.[3][9] The remixed version of the track also incorporates the bass line from Taana Gardner's 1981 single "Heartbeat".[10] The song appeared on the soundtrack to the fashion-industry satire feature film Prêt-à-Porter.[4][7] "Here Comes the Hotstepper" remains Kamoze's only U.S. number one hit (see Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1994).[4]

The success of the single sparked an intense bidding war with several major labels hoping to sign him.[11][12] Kamoze signed a seven album deal with Elektra Records in November 1994.[13]

Kamoze's career after this high-water mark featured the compilation album Here Comes the Hotstepper which was released in 1995 by Columbia Records (against Kamoze's wishes), around the same time as his first album for Elektra, Lyrical Gangsta.[3][12][14] Damian Marley's 2005 hit "Welcome to Jamrock" uses samples from Kamoze's 1984 track "World-A-Music".[15]

In 2005, Kamoze recorded and released a double album, Debut, on which he re-recorded a number of tracks from earlier in his career.[16] Debut was released on his own 9SoundClik label.[16][17]

In 2009, Kamoze released "51/50 Rule on 9SoundClik. The album includes tracks such as "Rapunzel" (feat. Maya Azucena) and "Hungry Daze". The album also had some guest features from Sizzla ("R.A.W"), and Busy Signal ("Ta Da Bang"). This was his second album released on the 9SoundClik label.[18][19]

The artist's most recent album release is 2016's Ini Kamoze Meets Xterminator: Tramplin' Down Babylon on his label, 9SoundClik. This is a collection of newly recorded and previously recorded tracks that were originally released as singles on Xterminator Records by producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrell.

Other[edit]

Kamoze wrote a book on the history of Port Royal, and a play, Runnings.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
  • Ini Kamoze (1984), Island
  • Statement (1984), Mango
  • Pirate (1986), Mango
  • Shocking Out (1988), RAS
  • Lyrical Gangsta (1995), East West America/Elektra
  • Debut (2006), 9SoundClik
  • 51 50 Rule (2009), 9SoundClik[20]
  • Ini Kamoze meets Xterminator: Tramplin' Down Babylon (2016), 9SoundClik
Compilation albums

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
AUT
BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA
[21]
NED
NOR
NZ
SWE
SWI UK
[22]
US
Hot
100

[23]
1981 "World Affairs" - - - - - - - - - - - - non-album single
1983 "Trouble You A Trouble Me" - - - - - - - - - - - -
"World A Music" - - - - - - - - - - - - Ini Kamoze
1985 "Call the Police" - - - - - - - - - - - - Statement
1986 "Pirate" - - - - - - - - - - - - Pirate
1994 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" 2 6 3 3 2 16 4 1 5 4 4 1 Here Comes the Hotstepper
1995 "Listen Me Tic (Woyoi)" - - - - - - - - - - - 88 Lyrical Gangsta

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 296. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Ini Kamoze profile, officialcharts.com; retrieved 23 December 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Biography". Musicianguide.com. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Brennan, Sandra. "Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Broughton, Simon et al (2000) World Music: The Rough Guide (Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific), Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1858286365, p. 454
  6. ^ Vare, Ethlie Ann (1986) "The Taxi Gang, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, iNi Kamoze, Yellowman, Half Pint, Universal Amphitheatre", Billboard, 15 November 1986, p. 29; retrieved 23 December 2012
  7. ^ a b Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 978-0313331589, pp. 146-7
  8. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (15 November 1986). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 29–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ a b Kenner, Rob (1995) "Next: Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper", Vibe, February 1995; retrieved 23 December 2012
  10. ^ Aaron, Charles (1995) "Singles: Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper", Spin, p. 80; February 1995; retrieved 23 December 2012
  11. ^ a b Atwood, Brett (1994) "Labels Stepping Over Each Other in Race for Kamoze", Billboard, pp. 10, 109, 12 November 1994; retrieved 23 December 2012.
  12. ^ a b Atwood, Brett (1995) "Kamoze Competes Against Himself", Billboard, pp. 8, 96, 4 March 1995; retrieved 23 December 2012
  13. ^ Lichtman, Irv (1994) "Kamoze Signs Elektra Deal", Billboard, p. 136, 26 November 1994; retrieved 23 December 2012
  14. ^ "Sony Baloney", Vibe, June–July 1995, p. 32; retrieved 23 December 2012
  15. ^ Jeffries, David (13 September 2005). "Welcome to Jamrock: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Kwaaku (2006) "Hotstepper Returns", Billboard, p. 41, 1 April 2006; retrieved 23 December 2012.
  17. ^ Kenner, Rob (2006) "Boomshots", Vibe, p. 137, January 2006; retrieved 23 December 2012
  18. ^ Cooke, Mel (2007) "Ini Kamoze defines 'My Girl'", Jamaica Gleaner, 20 July 2007; retrieved 23 December 2012
  19. ^ Cooke, Mel (2009) "CD review - Snipping would make Ini Kamoze's '51 50 Rule' even better", Jamaica Gleaner, 25 September 2009; retrieved 23 December 2012.
  20. ^ Brennan, Sandra (1957-10-09). "Ini Kamoze - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  21. ^ LesCharts.com: La Fouine discography
  22. ^ "INI KAMOZE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "Ini Kamoze - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 

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