Albino Riddim

Most legendary Jamaican musicians — see Bob Marley and Peter Tosh — have been dark-skinned, dreadlocked Rastafarians. But Yellowman, Jamaica's first dancehall superstar, doesn't fit that mold. He's an un-dreaded, not-so-spiritually-astute albino. And while his name could apply to his epidermis, it actually refers to the bright yellow suits he wore onstage back in his heyday. Throughout the '80s, he dominated Jamaican airwaves with his humorous takes on his skin color and sexual conquests, as well as his jabs at homosexuals, which, unfortunately, remain in the lyrics of today's dancehall scene. After battling cancer of the jaw in the '90s, he returned to the scene he helped create with renewed energy. Today at the Meridian, Yellowman and his Famous Sagittarius Band take the stage following DJ sets by Sean Carnahan, DJ Swift, Vitamin A and BMC. Feel the riddim at 8 p.m.
Fri., July 14, 8 p.m.

 
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