Robert Russell born 28 September better known by the stage name Brigadier Jerry is a Jamaican dancehall reggae deejay known for his "cultural" lyrics. He became a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel organization's Rastafarian branch by  and spread their message on the Jah Love Muzik sound system. Jerry also nurtured the career of his sister, who performed and recorded as Sister Nancy.
Briggy as he is affectionately called often chats verses directly from the Bible, and preaches against the evils of slackness in dancehall music when performing.
He attributes his unique pattern to melding together the styles of a few artists who came before him, including U-RoyPrince JazzboBig Youthand Dennis Alcapone. Jerry has recorded five albums over the years, but the bulk of his career has been spent touring the world, as well as Jamaica, performing over countless sound systems. He still records the occasional single, most recently Born To Love Jah - Brigadier Jerry - On The Road (CD the Ranking Joe label, but remains primarily a live performer mostly for King Sturgav.
He has lived in New York with his wife and children Jermaine,and many more between and before returning to Jamaica and performing again on the Jah Love Muzik sound system.
In November he was arrested in Connecticut on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a pistol and altering a serial number on a firearm, after a shooting incident at a restaurant. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. I messed around with the mic after school until it went off from there.
You started doing stand up comedy. Weren't you originally draw to music or was music something that just happened to you? The stand-up was just for fun. It wasn't really like I wanted to do music until the sound came along.
People encouraged me, just so I was dere wid it, dancehall style. What did your Born To Love Jah - Brigadier Jerry - On The Road (CD think of you becoming a DJ? What they were really interested in was school. It was a likkle fight. They seh I must get my education. Mi neva jump school, but every weekend I was at a dance. What was your first big break? My first big break was when I went to Jah Love Muzik. I used to fish around on sounds, but I wasn't a permanent DJ.
You are noted for your performances. Where Born To Love Jah - Brigadier Jerry - On The Road (CD some of the places you performed? I go almost everywhere all over the world - Germany, Australia, everywhere. Jamaica worse. If I start tell yuh all di places it would take up the whole story. Then why did you record so little?
I had all the lyrics, but I was in an organisation called the Twelve Tribes of Israel, a Rastafari organisation. They didn't want their artistes to go out and do songs wid promoters on the street. They wanted to start an organisation for dat. I waited on that, but after a while I wasn't seeing anything going on. I jump ship and do tings for people. Me mek my name on mic - people record it and bring it across the world. I heard that your a good lyrical improviser. Why is that?
It come in like dis, if you go to a party tonight and get a new tune you know nutten about, yuh haffi get a topic and put something to it right away. When it comes to lyrics DJ's in my time used my lyrics, 'cause I never recorded it, they tek it in the studio. I never mind; I saw myself as a teacher.
I was the original cultural DJover 39 years now, neva change. I never talk bout under a girl frock. I'm culture. How would your describe your style? Mine is one of the greatest DJ styles. I combine four or five styles and mek mine.
They were before me. Did you do any lyrical clashing? Tell yuh di truth, one I can remember they set up in Skateland wid Nicodemus. I came first and Demus came second.
It cause a controversy wid Demus fans and mine, but it was ok. Mi nuh inna di competition. They couldn't stand up beside me. They use my lyrics same way. How has being a Rastafarian affected your career? Rastafari big up my career, worldwide and local. Everyone know me as the original Rasta DJ. I sing roots, reality, facts of life and culture. Where you raised a Rasta? I grew up in a Christian family, go church every Sunday and ting. When yuh grow yuh see different types of religion, Album), dats how it went.
One of the Born To Love Jah - Brigadier Jerry - On The Road (CD tings that ever happen to me was no doubt Rasta. How did you get involved with Sister Carol? Sister Carol and I were in the same organisation. That was in Why did you help her? I saw she was interested and loves it. She was always round the mic; I showed her what to do and not to do. She had a good head on her body. She give me di respect and I appreciate that. Most young DJs don't respect their elders, not Album) one day they will be the elder too.
Why did you decide to move to New York? Mi buck up a daughter and fall in love and I was travelling back and forth all the time, until kids came along mi decide fi start a family. I moved to the U. This year makes it 19 years.
Are any of your children interested in music?
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