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Manley Augustus Buchanan (born April 19, 1949, Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica), better known as Big Youth (sometimes called Jah Youth), is a Jamaican DJ, mostly known for his work during the 1970s. Influenced by U-Roy, he started singing with Lord Tippertone’s sound system in 1970. His first LP Chi Chi Run was produced by Prince Buster in 1971.

The name of the band Sonic Youth is in part a tribute to Big Youth.

“Yes, me come inna de music as Rasta, me a de original rastaman who enter it.” Big Youth, Italy, 2001


* Chi Chi Run - Fab 1972 (including just three Big Youth songs)
* Screaming Target - Trojan 1973
* Reggae Phenomenon - Augustus Buchanen 1975
* Dreadlocks Dread - Klick 1975
* Natty Cultural Dread - Trojan 1976
* Hit the Road Jack - Trojan 1976
* Isiah First Prohphet of Old - Nicola Delita, Caroline 1978
* Progress - Nocola Delita 1979
* Rock Holy - Negusa Negast 1980
* Some Great Big Youth - Heartbeat 1981
* Chanting Dread Inna Fine Style - Heartbeat 1982
* Live at Reggae Sunsplash - Genes 1984
* A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continue) - Heartbeat 1986
* Manifestation - Heartbeat 1988
* Jamming in the House of Dread - Danceteria 1990
* Higher Grounds - JR, VP Records 1995
* Save the children - Declic 1995
* Reggae Gi Dem Dub - Nicola Delita


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  • MusicxxAddicted


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  • FlyingSalt


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    21 May 2012 Reply
  • no-good-rudie

    Smoke 'erb mon for I and I a natyral ting ..Jah seh so it irie mon ya get meh..? Jah bless one love

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • _duif

    lol, smoking incitation

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keresaspa

    I can't help but feel that if you're one of those people for whom smoking is a big problem then roots reggae is probably not the genre for you as you'll be hard pressed to find a roots artist not puffing in their pictures.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jahpal

    keep on rocking an swing. don't stop it now...

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Knockturne

    Those songs are off Natty Cultural Dread, Rizla. Great album.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Rizlajohn1

    Such a shame, I grew up listening to Big Youth. some of his best music is not here, Natty no Jester was no 1 for months when it came out in 75? Wolf in sheeps clothing, I light & Salvation, 10 gainst 1, Cultural Dread, Hell is for Heroes. thats just the few I remember

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mauriciomf


    28 May 2010 Reply
  • jvglion

    big sound big youth

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Himmelhost

    i don't understand him, but that's what's cool about it.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • balzadelia

    wow baby as he would say

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Panda_In_Shell

    Big hello from siberia, this is fuck'n amazing dub!!! just let it fly...

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Shagrost

    надо жать и жить!

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Anacronicotron

    Sencillamente el puto amo..

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Nickra

    W'appun Yoot? just got dis ya track and mi luv it sir. Mi waan fi give tank. Mi want a likkle more mi bredren!

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • wahine


    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • s975

    this is reg! this is gae!

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • bajaine

    wa hapum no1 talkin bout "the killer"

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
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