BUSHMAN BIOGRAPHY

BUSHMAN

Born Dwight Duncan, in the lush picturesque hill top village of Spring
Garden, St. Thomas, Jamaica. 

He was raised as a Rasta since the tender
age of two. Dwight attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music
teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him in his
developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he
continued to shine musically as a member of the school
choir, a member of the Yallas drum core, playing the bass organ, also
participating in numerous school concerts. 

He was also a member of the
New Testament Church of God Choir, where he earned the name Ark Angel.
During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line
sound-system, then known as Junior Melody he took part in several
singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. 

 Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates
for local sound-systems such as Lees Unlimited, Mello Construction, King
Majesty and others. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the
people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to
the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he
wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business. These were
hard times for Junior Melody, traveling to Kingston is a seventy mile
return journey. 

Being poor he would have to hitchhike most of the time,
sharing one bulla and a bag juice with anyone of his friends that dared
to make the journey with him. (Bushman later recorded a song relating to
this period of his life, Titled Life ain’t no bed of Roses). 

The hard
times did not deter him from seeking his dream. After many month of
traveling to Kingston and waiting around at the studios. It was during
an impromptu game of football at Arrows Dub plate studio where Junior
Melody met Steely and Clevie. Steely commented that Junior Melody was
not to good at football, Junior Melody’s response was I can sing though
in hearing that Steely prompted him to sing something. Right there in
the yard Junior Melody sang, Steely immediately invited him to audition
at Studio 2000. Their first song together was Grow Your Natty, an
outstanding debut, Swiftly followed by the hit Call The Hearse. 

With
talks of an album Steely wished to change the name Junior Melody to
Bushman. Initially the singer/song writer was not happy with this name
at all, he thought it some how derogatory to him coming from the
country, until he researched the name only to discover that Bushman was
an African name for Medicine Man. Bushman became the musical Medicine
Man. Bushman has been full filling the meaning of this name to date.
Call The Hearse became a big hit in Jamaica and England, after which
followed some live dates. Bushman received a rapturous welcome on a
short US tour followed by more live shows in Jamaica. Bushman was to see
the release of his first album Nyah Man Chant (Greensleeves) during the
year 1997.

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 Nyah Man Chant earned a five star rating all over the world,
with comments such as A set of tunes that are both inspired and
inspiring.I stopped listening to individual tracks about halfway through
the CD as I realized that Nayah Man Chant is good till the very last
drop. Burnin Up; The Journal 5/7/97.adding five stars. Nyah Man Chant as
now earned its self-a place in the realms of Greensleeves Reggae
Classics. Bushman’s newly enriched creativity made him a much sort after
artist both home and abroad. However it was the famous King Jammy
(Lloyd James) who produced the next two albums following by Bushman. The
first being Total Commitment (Greensleeves) With a combination of
Bushman’s year out, and the mutual respect between artist and producer
the results brought forth a more mature and focused second album. Total
Commitment took the reggae music business like a stormy inferno. With
tracks like Fire Bun a Weak Heart a big hit! Babylon Dead, Live Your
Life Right, and many others. Just seven weeks after its released Total
Commitment was ..7 in the US album charts, also gaining ..1 in Finland.
2001 saw the release of Bushman’s third album Higher Ground
(Greensleeves). A charming piece of work from Jamaica’s finest,
producer, singer/songwriter and instrumentals. With tracks like Yadd
Away Home, giving you Bushman in his finest smooth bar tone, alongside
the well renowned saxophone player Dean Frazser. Your Love a song
inspired from his personal life and a big favorite with his fans across
the globe. This album consists of hit after hit bringing you songs
titled Fire Pan A Deadas, Love of The Heart and Make A Change. Songs
with lyrics to provoke critical thinking about politics, diet, life
style and the current state of the world today. Bushman pleases his fans
again. A Better Place, a fourth contribution from Bushman. For this
album Bushman teamed up with English based Stingray. It took Bushman 2
weeks to write every song on this15 track album, which was released at
SOBs New York, in October 2001. This album host a liveication to
Bushman’s mother track 14,Mama,Fill My Cup is a testament to the life
and achievements of Bushman. Again the outstanding lyrics of each track
will carry you to higher and higher levels of enlightenment, leaving you
feeling strong and ready to bring positive vision to reality. Aside
from these four great albums Bushman has a selection of singles such as
Life Ain’t No Bed of Rose, Jerusalem School Room, Extortion’s, Sunshine,
Where are Your Clothes, African Women, and many others including a
combination medley with Morgan Heritage, Truly Great, another great hit
around the world. Bushman as recently enjoyed his first major tour of
the US, with the Kings of Kings Family. Bushman was the headliner for
the tour with the awesome job of closing every show. Bushman was delight
with the response he received in the US hosting sellout shows in cities
such as San Francisco, Durango, Seattle, New York and Canada. 

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Every
venue where Bushman preformed promoters have renew their contracts for
further shows. This tour was followed with a dynamic sellout second tour
of Europe. Where Bushman preformed for the first time in countries such
as Germany and France, all shows where a total sellout, making Europe
Bushman’s largest fan base to date. He will be returning to Europe in
June/July 2002 for the big festivals. Bushman has also performed in most
if not all the Caribbean Islands, he also gave an outstanding
performance at the Nevada World Music Festival, June 2001, and he
stormed the crowd for the first time at Bob Marley day 2002. Despite the
ever-increasing recognition of his talent Bushman remains a humble down
to earth figure, who still lives in St.Thomas with his wife and
children. Joying in the frequent trips to the lush bath fountain where
they bathe in the hot mineral water. 

Living a life style of strictly
ital foods and juices. Yes Bushman leads a humble but enlightened life
in his birthplace parish of St. Thomas. Bushman with his natural talent
for singing, is an outstanding artist carved from the same critical
musical tradition as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Luciano (with whom he
has a very close relationship), who he quotes as being his most dominant
influences. With his dynamic lyrics, Superb showmanship and classic
performances, the Rastafarian known as Bushman is an artist with which
to hold a joy with, and a force to be reckoned with. Bushman’s latest
Album, Get It in Your Mind is an independent release on the Burning
Bushes

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