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Lord Sassafrass

b. Michael Johnson, c.1963, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Ahead of his profession in music Sassafras was used at the driving stables in the Caymans Recreation area racecourse in Jamaica. A normal visitor towards the program was the entrepreneurial Jack port Scorpio who constructed his own well-known audio system in the first 70s and ventured into record creation in the 80s. His 1st creation was Sassafras carrying out ‘Pocomania Leap’, a mention of the religious tradition which has survived in Jamaica because the times of slavery. The tune was an instantaneous hit resulting in a deluge of Pocomania-themed tunes notably the DJ Gregory Peck’s edition, ‘Poco Man Jam’. Sassafras adopted his strike with ‘Calypso Leap’, that was equally as well-known in the dancehall. Like a mention of his origins in the racetrack he was known as the Horseman. He documented singles in conjunction with Johnny Clarke ‘Consider Heed’ as well as the Paragons ‘Modelling Masses’. Both performers were the primary DJs for the Dark Scorpio sound located in the Waterhouse region. In the middle-80s Sassafras ventured to NY, USA where he performed on various noises establishing worldwide eminence. He also toured the united kingdom where he performed in the Easter Reggae Event organised by the higher London Council alongside, Roy Shirley, Leroy Wise and Edi Fitzroy. By 1989 he documented in conjunction with Barrington Levy, a edition of Toots AS WELL AS THE Maytals’ ‘Pomps And Satisfaction’ as ‘Stage Up In Lifestyle’. The tune was made by Sassafras and Jah Screw.

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