The Duppy/Ghost/Obeah culture is very much alive in Jamaica. While we don’t celebrate events like Halloween (though the Party goers and folks in certain Communities do), we are aware of the spirits, certain folklore, and the people who claim to have connections to the dead or possess skills in Witchcraft. Today, we bring you “Oldies Sunday” to fire off a selection from the late Recording Artist, Early B “The Doctor” which adds to the Ghost/Duppy theme. The tune we present is called, “Ghost Busters“!
“Ghost Busters” was produced by Nkrumah Manley “Jah” Thomas, and released in 1984 through the Midnight Rock Label on the “Stormy Weather Riddim“. The single was also the opening track to his 1985 Album of the same name. In the song, Early B speaks on his adventures as a Ghost Buster as he saves the community of Yallahs, St. Thomas from a ghostly threat. Fearing nobody but Jah, he gets to work on eradicating the threat.
Early B was known to rock the mic with a young Super Cat in the 80’s on popular Sound Systems like Soul Imperial Hi-Fi, King Majesty, and played a part in the rise of the Killamanjaro Sound System. He released 4 Albums throughout his career, and had a following from Jamaica, to the US, to England thanks to his unique style of deejaying which had lyrics teaching a thing or few about Jamaican Culture. Early B unfortunately was murdered in Massachusetts on September 11, 1994, but his music continues to live on and his name is mentioned by various Artist worldwide.
Walk good Early B, and Happy Oldies Sunday!