Kiddus I is the mysterious figure singing at the start of the film Rockers.
A graduate of Ras Michael's Sons Of Negus, a key member of The Wailers milieu, and a Black Ark artist, his recordings - centred on the Roots Reggae period - are marked by the openness of their musical horizons, and a striking originality and integrity. (Also during this era he was a key voice raised in the Jamaican music industry against political oppression.)
Yet Kiddus I's disdain for careerism has held him back from the spotlight - as so many people in Jamaican music will tell you.
Now, this revelatory, comprehensive retrospective will surely confirm his place amongst the all-time greats of reggae music.12"single from the previously released album 'Rockers: Graduation In Zion 1978-1979 (DSR-LP-001)'. Kiddus I originally recorded 'Fire Burn' in 1973 but the master tape went missing. The song was re-recorded at Tuff Gong in 1978 for his debut album 'Jah Power, Jah Glory' but it remained unreleased. Surprisingly, the track has the same bassline to Bunny Wailer's 'Amagideon' and it is said Bunny adopted it from the 'Fire Burn', which were originally recorded in 1973. The most dreadful song amongst his unreleased material and 9 minutes of jazzy performance is just a miracle. The B-side contains a version to the A-side.
DRUMS: Carlton "Santa" Davis BASS: Leebert "Gibby" Morrison LEAD GUITAR: Earl"Chinna"Smith ORGAN: Earl"Wire"Lindo PIANO: Leslie Butler CLAVINET: Earl"Wire"Lindo HORNS: Glen Da Costa