Choice concerts: A dancehall pioneer

Yellowman, City Limits, Sept. 6

Dancehall pioneer Yellowman plays New Haven, Conn., in 2003 (Courtesy reggaephotos.com)
Dancehall pioneer Yellowman plays New Haven, Conn., in 2003 (Courtesy reggaephotos.com)

It’s always a good idea to try and see one of the pioneers of a certain music style, and if you like the branch of reggae called dancehall, go to Delray Beach’s City Limits and see Yellowman.

Born Winston Foster in Jamaica, Yellowman became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label when he signed with CBS in 1981. He’s considered to be an artist who’s bridged the reggae and hip-hop communities, and his style — though it’s been called lyrically sexist — is undeniably danceable.

Yellowman has survived jaw cancer — he was given six months to live — and has continued a long, consistent career.

Check out his classic “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”:

Also appearing: Actually, not appearing — the Music Builds Tour (Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph, Jars of Clay) date scheduled for this weekend at Cruzan Amphitheatre has been canceled. I’m sure refunds are available at point of purchase.

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