Jamaican-bred reggae and dancehall artist Yellowman has been an underdog for most of his 57 years.
Born Winston Foster in 1956 in Kingston, the now-iconic singer, songwriter and DJ was given to a Catholic orphanage soon after birth, where he was often excluded both inside and outside of the orphanage due in large part to his albinism.
After winning a talent contest in the late ’70s, Yellowman was born, becoming a fast-rising DJ around Jamaica’s outdoor dance circuit.
In the early ’80s, he was given the first U.S.-based record contract to a dancehall artist by Columbia Records, ensuring his legacy in a long line of Jamaican music royalty.
Throughout the ’80s, Yellowman would release an average of five albums each year, despite a cancer diagnosis that was initially predicted to end the young musician’s life in less than three years.
He created 40 singles largely based on the sexualized style of American hip-hop and other dancehall artists, a fact that made his samples popular with such American musicians as Eazy-E, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Sublime, Mos Def and others.
By the mid-’90s, however, a wiser and more mature Yellowman began focusing on the riddled social climate of his native country and the world he experienced as an international touring artist.
Though a new album has not been released since 2005, Yellowman remains one of the most iconic and well-respected living dancehall and reggae artists.
Yellowman will perform Tuesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Dub Plates. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show staring at 9 p.m.
Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.
Skye Paige and The Original Recipe
Raised in Atlanta, where the South often mingles with outside cultures and influences, Skye Paige has the special ability to understand both the dusty back roads of country music and the neon glow of big-city rock.
It’s a perspective that has lent itself to both her music and her burlesque shows.
Now living in Charleston, Paige injects her blues and country roots with a sultry shot of rock ’n’ roll and ’50s pin-up fashion.
It’s not all about image with Paige, however, as the singer/songwriter and guitarist took home first place at the House of Blues Battle of the Blues in 2009.
Skye Paige and The Original Recipe will perform Thursday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd.
Tickets are $5 at the door, which open at 9 p.m.
Call 886-8596 or go to The-Windjammer.com for more information.