Veteran Reggae producer Henry Junjo Lawes
Henry Junjo Lawes (1960, Kingston, Jamaica — 13 June 1999, London,
England) was a highly influential record producer.
He worked with many reggae, dancehall and dub artists such as Linval
Thompson, Scientist, Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Frankie Paul and most
importantly with Yellowman, all for his record label Volcano, which
spawned a highly popular sound system of the same name.
Lawes' strongest dancehall production years ran through the roots reggae
high point of the late 1970s to the emergence of computerised dancehall
with the Sleng Teng rhythm in 1985. This means that Volcano effectively
laid a large part of the foundation for dancehall as we know it today.
is clear that Lawes was not a producer in the hands-on sense. In a
January 2010 interview with The Gleaner, drummer, Style Scott, said, "I
would more call him an executive producer, someone who provide the money
more than arrange the music." The High Times Band was also key to
Lawes did strong overseas releases through
the England-based Grensleeves, eventually bought by VP Records, whose
late 2009 40-track Volcano Eruption gave an indication of the Volcano
catalogue. Among the songs on the set are Police in Helicopter (John
Holt), Ice Cream Love (Johnny Osbourne), Lost My Sonia (Cocoa Tea),
Bible Story (Early B), Diseases (Michigan and Smiley), and Nobody Move,
Nobody Get Hurt (Yellowman).
In June 1999, Lawes was killed in a drive-by shooting in London. He was 39. To date, his murder is unresolved.
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