Thursday 9 July, 2020

10 things to know about veteran dancehall artiste Flourgon

Dancehall deejay 'Flourgon' is one of the legends of the dancehall stage who came to the fore in the seminal dancehall era of the 1980s and early 1990s..

 After being tutored by Charlie Chaplin, he gained experience deejaying on various Kingston sound systems, he started his own — Sweet Love, which featured Buju Banton early in his career.

He often performed with his brother, the deejay Red Dragon, and with his close friends Daddy Lizard (also his brother-in-law) and Sanchez.

He released several Jamaican hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, recording for producers such as Winston Riley, Steely & Clevie, and Philip "Fatis" Burrell, both solo efforts and in combination with other deejays and singers.

Flourgon's hits included ‘How You So Hot’ with Brian And Tony Gold, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ with Thriller U, ‘Go Sit Down’ with Clement Irie, ‘Dungle Lover’ and ‘Madly In Love’ with Sanchez, ‘Jump And Spread Out’ and ‘Turn And Stab’ with Daddy Lizard, alongside the favoured ‘Million And More’ and the chart-topping ‘Zip It Up’, both of which featured the enigmatic Ninjaman. 

He is of course known for 'We Run Things' released on the Redman International label in 1988. The now infamous lyrics go:

We run things, things no run we
Anything we done, it haffi done properly
We run things, things no run we
Anything we done, it haffi done properly
We rule girl, girl no rule we
That's why fi we girl, dem haffi respect we
We rule dollars, dollars don’t rule we
That’s why fi we dollars, always plenty

He enjoyed a notable partnership with Mikey Bennett and Patrick Lindsay, primarily for his version of the ‘Oil Thing’ rhythm, ‘Bow Ting’. Other solo hits included ‘Tender Touch’, ‘Bounce’, ‘Fret And Worry’, ‘Trophy’, ‘Live Good’, ‘Bad Boy Tune’ and ‘Follow Me’. 

In 1994 Jamaican producers, inspired by the dancehall trend of mixing various DJs over the same rhythm, began recording various artist singles that often featured Flourgon, including ‘Can’t Stop The Dance’, performed by the ‘Yardcore collective’, which incorporated the talents of General Degree, Tony Rebel, Papa San and Buju Banton, among others, while ‘Informer’ featured Snagga Puss, Anthony Malvo, Anthony Red Rose, Frankie Paul, Lizard and Flourgon’s brother Red Dragon. 

His success continued into the 21st century, and he continued to perform but his output waned. May became a Rastafarian and no longer performs some of his earlier material, saying in 2008: "certain songs mi used to do mi wouldn't do anymore. I'm more conscious now".

In 2015, Flourgon's younger brother Red Dragon (known for his first big hit "Hol' a Fresh" for Winston Riley), died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on July 31 at age 49.

In 2016 he released the single "You Got Me Talking", and planned to tour Europe with Sanchez. 

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