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Busy Signal

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Born in the garden parish of St Ann, Busy Signal - born Reanno Gordon - started singing hymns at his Mother’s church, which is where he received his first encore. When church was over, Reanno would sit on the corner with his friends and flip the devotional lyrics, until his Mother’s guiding hand cautioned him for altering the Lord’s songs. Reanno continued performing at school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer’s songs (he claims to know all of Bounty’s lyrics) before progressing to his own material.

Since stepping out onto the dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal’s undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the front of the pack. Busy’s breakout hit single - “Step Out” - was one of dancehall’s hottest songs for 2005 and with a thugged-out video to match, it signalled the arrival of dancehall’s next superstar.

Busy Signal, an alias given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona, has always approached his craft from a different perspective, not trodding the usual road of trying to voice on every rhythm out there to try and catch a break. Instead, Busy chose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose-built rhythms. The first such track to catch the attention of a wider audience was “Born and Raised”, a song in which Busy Signal reps his birthplace and narrates the gritty realities of Jamaica.

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