Ini Kamoze
Ini Kamoze

Ini Kamoze

About Ini Kamoze

Jamaican dancehall singer Ini Kamoze, whose name translates to “mountain of the true god,” released his first single, “World Affairs” in 1981.

∙ His song “Trouble You a Trouble Me” landed him a spot on 1986’s Taxi Connection International Tour, alongside established stars Yellowman and Half Pint.
∙ Iconic reggae duo Sly & Robbie produced his 1984 self-titled debut, featuring six songs that Kamoze recorded in one hour.
∙ “World a Music,” from Ini Kamoze, was sampled by reggae scion Damian Marley on his 2005 hit “Welcome to Jamrock.”
∙ His signature dancehall hit, 1994’s “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” reached the Top 10 in 12 countries, and was the basis for Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee’s 2020 smash, “Muévelo.”
∙ Kamoze has a side-career as a writer, penning a history of Kingston, Jamaica’s shipping village (Port Royal: The Richest and Wickedest City on Earth) as well as the play Runnings.

  • HOMETOWN
    Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica
  • BORN
    October 9, 1957

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