Richard Bell (record producer)

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Richard "Bello" Bell is a Jamaican record producer and label-owner who launched the Star Trail label in around 1989 along with Garnet Dalley.[1] He began by producing artists such as Beres Hammond and Hugh Griffith, but had his greatest successes in 1992 with Garnett Silk's "Hello Africa", Yami Bolo's "Non-stop Loving", and other successful singles by Leroy Smart and General Degree.[1] Bell has also worked with leading dancehall artists including Capleton, Sizzla, and Anthony B, with whom he had a long and successful relationship between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s,[2] and long-established singers such as Gregory Isaacs, Mykal Rose, and Everton Blender.[1]

Bell is one of the best-known adherents of the Bobo Ashanti branch of Rastafari in Jamaican music,[3] and his Star Trail records was one of the leading labels in the resurgence of Rastafari in reggae of the mid-1990s.[4]

Productions[edit]

  • Beres Hammond - Love Affair (1992)
  • Fleshy Ranks - Bustin Out (1994)
  • Beres Hammond - In Control (1994)
  • Everton Blender - Lift Up Your Head (1994)
  • Gregory Isaacs - My Poor Heart (1994)
  • Nardo Ranks - Cool and Humble (1995)
  • Beres Hammond - Expression (1995)
  • Capleton - Prophecy (1995)
  • Beres Hammond - Love From a Distance (1996)
  • Everton Blender - Piece of the Blender (1996)
  • Beres Hammond - Getting Stronger (1997)
  • Tony Rebel - If Jah (1998)
  • Anthony B - Universal Struggle (1998)
  • Derrick Lara - All About Life (1999)
  • Determine - Freedom Chant (1999)
  • Third World - Generation Coming (1999)
  • Norris Man - Persistence (2000)
  • Anthony B - That's Life (2001)
  • Beres Hammond - Love has no Boundaries (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 307
  2. ^ "Fire pon UWI, Anthony B speaks in Reggae Studies lecture series", Jamaica Observer, 4 December 2002
  3. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 373
  4. ^ Campbell, Howard (2007) "Anthony B looks for long 'Life of a Ras'", Jamaica Gleaner, 16 September 2007