ReggaeXclusive Summer 2018 - Page 18

NORRISMAN B orn and raised in the notorious Trenchtown and Arnett Gardens area of Kingston, Jamaica, Christopher Campbell, now known as Norrisman had Bob Marley as a hometown hero to inspire his immersion into the musical arena. As a young boy Norrisman (named because of his enthusiasm for karate king Chuck Norris) would sit under a tree to write his own songs of redemption. Feeling music within him, Norrisman could not ignore his gift of singing and performing. In the Kingston dancehalls of his youth, older sound boys would hoist ten year old Norrisman on top of a Guiness box and hand him the mic to stir up the dance. Such experiences lit the musical fire for this ghetto youth. From there his musical journey began. As he matured, Norrisman gained the respect of Sound Systems throughout the city with his unique toasting and singing style. By age 22, he began recording songs in some of Kingstons most reputable recording studios such as Black Scorpio, Leggo, and Celestial Sounds Studio. By the mid- nineties, Norrisman found himself fully committed to his faith as a Rastafarian, wherein he experienced a shift in his consciousness to a higher spiritual and musical level. He created lyrical content that became more potent, more socially uplifting, and more meaningful. With this devotion, he recorded “Love and Affection” at Buju Banton’s Cellblock studio. From there, Norrisman went on to Celestial Sounds Studio to record “Congo Shanty” and “Ever-living Soul” at which time he met some of his most prolific producers to date: Iley Dread of Kings of Kings, Richard “Bello” Bell of Star Trail Records and Colin McGregor of Jah Scout Records. During this period, Norrisman, with the assistance of Cordel “Skatta” Burrell’s golden touch on the mixing board, recorded his groundbreaking songs: “Persistence”, “Hold Onto Your Faith”, and “Bad Road” all on the “Persistence” album. At Sting 98 (Jamaicas biggest dancehall show) Norrisman performed “Persistence”, his biggest hit in the dancehall market so far. Likewise, the songs “Hold Onto Your Faith” and “Bad Road” are revered as reggae anthems. Norrisman was off the music scene for awhile. He is now currently in studios working on some new tracks. His newest song is entitled “Wicked Ones” on Knatural Entertainment. Look out for more new production from Norrisman. For bookings contact Ajang Music Production at: 1 (876) 941-1193. AND THE JUNO GOES TO KIRK DIAMOND 2 018 JUNO Award Winner Kirk Diamond was born in Spanish Town Jamaica, and migrated to Canada at a young age. Kirk was exposed to various genres of music from his father and uncle who both spun and p ^YYXܙۈH[\[B[H NN X\˜\XXHH^Y^HوB[XZX[[Z[[K\[^\YH\[ۂ܈]\X]\]\۸&][[ [\š[YHY[\YH[Hܛ\ [[ۙ][\Y[X\YB]\X[[[Y[HX \BۙHX[8'[[˜[\&\]\X\ܙX] [[[\ۈ\™][ܙX]\'BH\H\\XY[ۙY\ܘYH[[[\š\[Y[ܚ][[Xܙ[[HX\[H[[]و\œY][Y\\\[\ˈZ[[[\]H[]\[[YK\[\H[\ܝ[Hو\\[X\[\Y[Z[[˜[[\\]H[^[]H\ܘ\HHܚ[[Xܙ[]\[\XHX\[[XZXK[ MH\X[[ۙ\X]\YۈА]\X8& L[YX[YYH\\[HYYX\&H[Z[]Y܈HS]\܈\YYHXܙ[܈\[B'ݙH[HHX\8'HXYH[ X\Y[[XܙˈB[XHHL8&\\XYHHܛYHX\XY[B[X[\[\[\][ۘ[\X\H[\[YX[YYH\X\ۈX[X^\H][HH[\Y܈ݙ\ NHYZ˂[H[و M\[X\Y\X]T8'ܙX]\'KHۙ™[\YH[YX[YYH\]LۈXX\H   M˂][Hݙ[X\   M[[[ YZۜX]]H]B[و YZۈH\ \ۙ[Y[H]\Xۙ[]\Z[][ۈ YYHXܙ[وHYX\H[X\]Y[[[[H[YX\Y\Hۙ&\\^HYHXX\K\X[[ۙ[XZ[[Z]YܙX][ܙX]]\X]\X][[H\و[YK\[H\[ܜ[Y[]X\H\[[[[\X[K\X[[ۙۈ[Yܘ[H܈\\Y[H\[[Y\YYV\]H KHX]N˜YY^\]KH KKHۙN MMLNKL H KH[XZ[YY^\]P\˘H H N