For more than thirty years artist, performer and producer Tappa Zukie has been a prominent force in the roots of reggae music and has built a catalogue of quality and consistency that stands up well against the best. Born in 1955 David Sinclairs (real name) career typically started as a young youth in the sound systems during the height of classic DeeJays like U Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Dennis Alcapone, and Big Youth. A close relationship with top 70s producer Bunny "Striker" Lee and an extended stay performing in the United States helped quickly boost Tappa towards international renown.

His first recording for Clem Bushay was Jump & Twist in 1973 and Clem also released his debut album called "Man A Warrior" in U.K. He then voiced "Judge I Oh Lord" for Lloydie Slim and "Natty Dread Dont Cry" for Bunny Lee who then offered Tappa some ryhthm tracks and assisted him with his UK release of his self produced album "MPLA" in 1976 thus leading Tappa to establishing his own label. With the completion of his MPLA album Tappa soon inking a licensing deal with Klik, and his profile soared even higher upon the release of the single MPLA. The full album followed, and Zukie now found himself with the best-selling reggae record in the U.K. that Christmas. Soon after, the DJ signed a deal with Virgin Records.

Zukie now moved into a period of astonishing productivity, releasing the Man From Bosrah, Earth Running, Escape From Hell, In Dub, Peace in the Ghetto, and Black Man albums between 1977 and 1979. Although his profile was initially higher in Britain than Jamaica, that changed in 1977 after Zukie scored with two massive hit singles, "Oh Lord" and "She Wants a Phensic."

Production is where Zukie has kept his name afire, as hes continued to work with the islands greatest names, releasing the subsequent singles through his own Tappa label. Sly Dunbar, JC Lodge, Beres Hammond, and Simpleton are just a few of the multitudes who have been on the other side of his recording deck in more recent years.

Today Tappa is one of Jamaica best-known producers, scoring hits again and again.often with roots artists. He voiced a number of excellent singles in the 90s, including "Stout Heart", "Rasterman Camp" and had a major retrospective.


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