Bushman (of his true name Dwight Duncan) is a Jamaican reggae singer born in 1973 in Spring Garden. He was raised in the Rastafari culture from a young age.
Born Dwight Duncan in the hilltop village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Jamaica. He was raised as a Rastafarian from the age of two. Dwight attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him in his developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, a member of the Yallas drum core, playing the bass organ, also participating in numerous school concerts. He was also a member of the New Testament Church of God Choir, where he earned the name Ark Angel.
During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system, then known as Junior Melody he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems such as Lees Unlimited, Mello Construction, King Majesty and others. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston.
These were hard times for Junior Melody, as travelling to Kingston is a seventy mile return journey. Being poor he would have to hitch-hike most of the time, sharing one bulla and a bag juice with anyone of his friends that dared to make the journey with him. (Bushman later recorded a song relating to this period of his life, Titled ‘Life ain’t no bed of Rose). The hard times did not deter him from seeking his dream. After many months of travelling to Kingston and waiting around at the studios. It was during an impromptu game of football at Arrows Dub plate studio where Junior Melody met Steely and Clevie. Steely commented that Junior Melody was not too good at football, Junior Melody’s response was ‘I can sing though’. Steely prompted him to sing and after hearing him, immediately invited him to audition at Studio 2000.
Their first song together was “Grow Your Natty”, which was followed by the hit “Call The Hearse”. With talks of an album Steely wished to change the name Junior Melody to Bushman. Initially the singer/song writer was not happy with this name, he thought it some how derogatory to him coming from the country, until he researched the name only to discover that ‘Bushman’ was an African name for ‘Medicine Man’. Bushman became the musical ‘Medicine Man’. Bushman has been fulfilling the meaning of this name to date.
‘Call The Hearse’ became a big hit in Jamaica and England, after which followed some live dates. Bushman received a rapturous welcome on a short US tour followed by more live shows in Jamaica. Bushman was to see the release of his first album ‘Nyah Man Chant’ (Greensleeves) during the year 1997. ‘Nyah Man Chant’ earned a five star rating all over the world, with comments such as – “A set of tunes that are both inspired and inspiring.”…”I stopped listening to individual tracks about halfway through the CD as I realized that ‘Nayah Man Chant’ is good till the very last drop.” Burnin’Up; The Journal 5/7/97.adding five stars. ‘Nyah Man Chant as now earned its self-a place in the realms of Greensleeves Reggae Classics.
Bushman’s newly enriched creativity made him a much sought after artist both home and abroad. However it was the famous King Jammy (Lloyd James) who produced the next two albums following by Bushman. The first being ‘Total Commitment’ (Greensleeves) With a combination of Bushman’s year out, and the mutual respect between artist and producer the results brought forth a more mature and focused second album. ‘Total Commitment’ took the reggae music business like a stormy inferno. With tracks like ‘Fire Bun a Weak Heart’ a big hit! ‘Babylon Dead’, ‘Live Your Life Right’, and many others. Just seven weeks after its released ‘Total Commitment’ was #7 in the US album charts, also gaining #1 in Finland.
2001 saw the release of Bushman’s third album ‘Higher Ground’ (Greensleeves). A charming piece of work from Jamaica’s finest, producer, singer/songwriter and instrumentals. With tracks like ‘Yadd Away Home’, giving you Bushman in his finest smooth bar tone, alongside the well renowned saxophone player Dean Frazser. ‘Your Love’ a song inspired from his personal life and a big favorite with his fans across the globe. This album consists of hit after hit bringing you songs titled ‘Fire Pan A Deadas’, ‘Love of The Heart’ and ‘Make A Change’. Songs with lyrics to provoke critical thinking about politics, diet, life style and the current state of the world today. Bushman pleases his fans again.
‘A Better Place’, was the fourth contribution from Bushman. For this album Bushman teamed up with English based Stingray. It took Bushman 2 weeks to write every song on this 15 track album, which was released at SOB’s New York, in October 2001.
Aside from these four great albums Bushman has a selection of singles such as ‘ Life Ain’t No Bed of Rose’, ‘Jerusalem School Room’, ‘Extortion’s’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Where are Your Clothes’, ‘Afrikan Women’, and many others including a combination medley with Morgan Heritage, ‘Truly Great’, another great hit around the world.
Bushman has recently enjoyed his first major tour of the US, with the Kings of Kings Family. Bushman was the headliner for the tour with the awesome job of closing every show. Bushman was delighted with the response he received in the U.S., hosting sellout shows in cities such as San Francisco, Durango, Seattle, New York and Canada. Every venue where Bushman performed promoters have renew their contracts for further shows.
This tour was followed with a dynamic sellout second tour of Europe. When Bushman performed for the first time in countries such as Germany and France, all shows were a total sellout, making Europe Bushman’s largest fan base to date. Bushman has also performed in most if not all the Caribbean Islands. He also gave an outstanding performance at the Nevada World Music Festival, June 2001, and he stormed the crowd for the first time at Bob Marley day 2002.
Despite the ever-increasing recognition of his talent Bushman remains a humble, down to earth figure, who still lives in St. Thomas with his wife and children. Joying in the frequent trips to the lush bath fountain where they bathe in the hot mineral water. Living a life style of strictly ital foods and juices. Yes Bushman leads a humble but enlightening life in his birthplace parish of St. Thomas.
Bushman with his natural talent for singing, is an outstanding artist carved from the same iritical musical tradition as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Luciano (with whom he has a very close relationship), who he quotes as being his most dominant influences.
With his dynamic lyrics, Superb showmanship and classic performances, the Rastafarian known as Bushman is an artist with which to hold a joy with, and a force to be reckoned with.
During the month of March Bushman filmed his first video for the single ‘Light House’ for the Hart to Hart production. The video was filmed in Bushman’s home parish St. Thomas; the location was the Landmark lighthouse, situated at Morant Point. At present Bushman is producing a live album, with the executive support of Kings of Kings Iley Dread AKA Collin Levy.