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Buccaneer
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2000-12-05
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Andrew Bradford was born in Oakland Road, Waltham, Jamaica 28 years ago. He grew up in Portmore and while hanging out at Forum Beach he was given the name, Buccaneer.

In 1987 at the age of 15, Buccaneer began to follow sound systems. He used to par with a DJ named Jerry Banton who brought him into the DJing business and they used to hang out round Portmore's Climax sound system.

Shabba Ranks inspired him and in 1991 Buccaneer released his first single 'P Plus' on the New Name label. In 1994 Buccaneer released an album entitled 'There Goes the Neighbourhood' named after the breaking single of the same name.

Later in his career Buccaneer decided on using an operatic style in his music due to growing up around family members who are pianists. The resulted in his most successful single to date, 'Skettel Concerto'. This lead to his second album release entitled 'Classic’ on the UK's Greensleeves label. His most recent album and his most successful is 'Da Opera' on VP Records.

Over the years Buccaneer has worked with a number of artists including Dennis Brown, Richie Stephens, Half Pint, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Red Rat, Goofy and General Degree. His work has been produced by some of Jamaica's top producers namely, Main Street, Penthouse, Shocking Vibes, Bobby Digital and Jammys.

Not only has Buccaneer been produced but he also produces and on this score he has worked with Bounty Killer, Main Street Crew, Scare Dem Crew and the Monster Shack Crew, just to name a few.

Buccaneer's view on the current state of Dancehall Reggae is, "it just need the music back. It need back the music, the musical side of it, like melody and riddim. That me feel because melody is music in any form of music". Buccaneer believes that Dancehall has a bright future and he's defiantly one of it's shining lights. He is currently working on his own record label, Opera House and his plans are to make it into a big company. Hopefully this will be his contribution to putting "the music back".

Buccaneer gets a glint in his eye when he talks about his love for music. There is a down side to his popularity in that, "You know everybody a human being and everybody would a like have a privacy more time you know. As an artist, I don’t feel any artist who mek it, who popular have any private life you see what me a seh".

Over recent months Buccaneer took a break from releasing his own music and concentrated on production. He's now back building a vibe through voicing new songs, performing at shows and generally getting back into the public eye.

Buccaneer is hoping to finalise on a couple of dates for shows so listen out for his new tunes and look out for him in a dancehall near you. If you want to book him for a show contact Opera House in Jamaica on either telephone 876-755-3170 or via fax 876-755-3190.


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