New confirmation for Rototom Sunsplash 2013: Ini Kamoze

There are many traces of the singer Ini Kamoze (real name Cecil Campbell, born in the parish of St. Mary in 1957) in the recent history of reggae: his extraordinary 1994 hit “Here Comes the Hotstepper” is a clear example of Jamaican dancehall blending with hip hop which even went as far as to top the American singles charts, while his track “World a reggae music” is sampled and used as the base of “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley.

His career started in a big way in 1984 with his self-titled debut album produced by Sly and Robbie: despite ups and downs the classic dancehall style of Ini Kamoze is still widely imitated and sampled: For example Protoje recently sampled “England Be Nice” on his new track “Kingston Be Wise”. In recent years Ini Kamoze has endeavoured to continue with the vibe of “Hotstepper” mixing reggae and hip hop once again in his latest album “51 50 Rule” released in 2009.