Tuesday, April 18, 2006

NiceUp Sugar Minott Interview Exclusive

Tune into Radio Active 89 FM's Roots and Culture show this Sunday 23 to hear DJ Art's exclusive interview with Lincoln "Sugar" Minott.

Lincoln Barrington Minott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He started his musical career as a child, working with soundsystems, until setting up his own sound as a teen and becoming a selector. Minott's distinguished career as a vocalist began in 1969 as a part of the first-class roots trio - The African Brothers - alongside Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. When the group split, Minott continued his solo career and spent extensive time at Studio One. In 1979 and 1980 he produced the ground-breaking albums - Ghetto-ology, Black Roots and Roots Lovers. Around this time Minott also launched his own labels – Black Roots and Youth Promotion. Youth Promotion was set up as a way for young and emerging talent to have a means by which to express and promote themselves, and has voiced, then upcoming artists, Yami Bolo, Tenor Saw, Garnett Silk and Junior Reid, among others. Sugar has continuously worked to help and support up-and-coming talent, while still uplifting the dance with his own signature style. A conscious and collaborative individual, Sugar has the belief of reggae being much more than a means of achieving self-fame, and that "...reggae music is a fraternity - what everybody does effects the next person".

In this radio special, hear Sugar talk about his musical beginnings, the highlights of his career, the realities of the reggae music industry and the missions that drive him personally and professionally - the education of artists, investment in the youth and working with the philosophy of "...togetherness, awareness and love - unity is strength", to establish better facilities and resources for up-coming artists. Produced and hosted by DJ Art at Newtown Sound, this show also features highlights from Sugar's extensive discography, including his work at Jammy’s, Studio One, and from his own labels.

Listen in to Radio Active 89FM's Roots and Culture show this Sunday 23 April, 4-7pm for the Sugar Minott special, featuring the NiceUp interview exclusive produced at Newtown Sound, and a showcase of Lincoln Sugar Minott's music with guest selectors Duke Willis and Jai.


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