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.
HOMETOWNPort Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica
BORNOctober 9, 1957