Wayne Wade

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Wayne Wade
Born (1959-03-19) 19 March 1959 (age 56)
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1976–present
Labels Grove Music, VP

Wayne Wade (born 19 March 1959, Kingston, Jamaica) is a roots reggae singer best known for his work with producer Yabby You in the 1970s. He attended Excelsior High School from 1972 to 1976.


Wade's career began in the mid-1970s, working with Yabby You, 1976's "Black Is Our Colour" immediately achieving success in Jamaica.[1] His debut album, Black Is Our Colour was released in 1976, and was followed by further hits with cover versions of The Paragons' "Happy Go Lucky Girl" and "On The Beach". This was followed by further albums Evil Woman (1978), Dancing Time, and Fire Fire (both 1979), before Wade moved on to work with Dillinger, recording "Five Man Army" together with Dillinger, The Tamlins, Al Campbell, and Trinity.[1] He recorded for Joe Gibbs, hitting the UK reggae chart in 1980 with "After You" and "Natty Contractor".[2] In 1981, Wade worked with Linval Thompson, releasing a string of singles including "Round The World", "Tell Me What's Going On", "Poor and Humble", and "Down In Iran".[1] He then emigrated to The Netherlands, and signed a deal with Epic Records.[1] He scored a hit in 1992 with "Love You Too Much"[3]

In 2011, Wade performed at the One Love Peace Festival in London with other artists including Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Gyptian, Aswad, Third World, Etana, King Sounds and John Holt.

Wade currently resides in Miami, Florida, and continues to perform, record and release records.


  • Black Is Our Colour (1976) Prophets
  • Evil Woman (1978) Prophet
  • Dancing Time (1979) Grove Music
  • Fire Fire (1979) Prophet
  • Poor and Humble (1982) Live & Learn
  • Prophecy (1983) WLN (with Yabby You & Michael Prophet)
  • Respect Due Always (1986)
  • Innocent Man (1990)
  • Twice as Nice (2003) VP
  • Wayne Wade & Friends (2007) Jet Star


  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0242-9. 
  2. ^ "Reggae Charts 1980". Dance Crasher. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2008. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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