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Prince Far I


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Prince Far I was born Michael James Williams in Spanish Town, Jamaica in 1945. In his teens he assumed the role of lead DJ with the Sir Mike the Musical Dragon Sound System.

Bunny Lee first recorded Far I in the early 70’s with a tune called “The Great Booga Wooga”. He went on to cut tunes for Coxsone, notably “Natty Farmyard” and a version of “Queen of the Minstrel”. In 1973 the Cordell’s “Simpleton” appeared on the Lion label, with the flip being a strange half-sung half-chanted version by the Prince entitled “Simpleton Skank”. In 1974 he voiced “Let Jah arise” for Enos McLeod at King Tubbys, and it is Enos who can be credited with renaming the DJ as Prince Far I. After some self-productions which appeared on Pete Weston’s Micron outlet, Prince Far I hit a period which included two of reggae’s greatest DJ albums. Firstly the “Psalms for I” collection, a straight chant of bible word. The second landmark album was “Under Heavy Manners” for producer Joe Gibbs, engineered by Erroll Thompson. It contained the Prince’s first big Jamaican hit single, “Heavy Manners”, on the rhythm of Naggo Morris’ “Su Su Pon Rasta”.

In 1976 Prince Far I set up his own label in Jamaica — Cry Tuff. That label issued Far I’s productions in Jamaica. His UK business ran through the fledgling label Hit Run, created by Adrian Sherwood. This arrangement was almost one of master and pupil, as the Arabs/Roots Radics became Dub Syndicate with Sherwood learning the studio craft as both producer and engineer.


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    один из лучших рэгги-артистов в истории.

    15 Apr 5:39am Reply
  • Wurzel362

    Really really a genuin maestro in the dub genre.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LtCommanderData

    Throw away your gun!

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • staaswellcharge


    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BlueMillipede

    oh yeah? most pics of PFI include smoking.. so choosing the "nonsmoking-pics" would be pretentious. Cannabis smoking is interrelated with prince far I and the likes' way of life. It's not incitation, its just normal. Almost like a jazz musician would be photographed with his saxophone. Anyone that s got a problem with it, probably does not listen to PFI or roots in general. Your comment pretty much does cencorship incitation, and few things are worse..

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Parisblues

    there's a large choice of pictures without doing smoking incitation.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    amazing sense of humor

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • adamhimself

    i love this man. talk about soulful music!

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • armagedion

    I like him a lot but his song "Skinhead" is just hm... bad. I'm under impression that song is directed thowards NF or BM skinheads and we are not just like that.

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SpaceLoneliness


    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • bakunin_blues

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Prince Far I make the old testament groove. :-)

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • yaanno

    the dub ace

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • raspabloi

    dub or die, yhe right way

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • raspabloi

    meets bin sherman / jah love

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Kcramsib

    Undeservedly forgotten...

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • ExcessJoy

    Far I forever

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • ThyFoetalMind

    Fucking awesome.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • himau

    gość jest przezajebisty

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • harajukudude

    a group for people who love to discover great bands that none of your friends know about !

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • wahine

    for real i listen to him every morning and every night its like prayer

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
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