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Don Yute
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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1999-05-20
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Don Yute Jason Andrew Williams, better known to his fans as Don Yute or the Golden Child was born in Kingston, Jamaica 24 years ago. He is a full of energy, self confident positive individual who has been Djing for the past 8 years from around 1991.

Don Yute received his name from his kind-hearted nature towards kids begging in the streets, and they likened him to an Italian Don.

Don Yute attended Wilmers High and Priory School in Jamaica and to many he's classed as an uptown DJ. When asked about his uptown status he replied "That's what dem call me y'know, but it's not really an uptown DJ ting, is a worl'. I just born in de worl', so you know de colour or y'know dem ting dey don't have nuttin'. You don't have no choice of where I born y'know. I just have a voice an' as I use mi voice, I did en' up buss like. Get a name, y'know".

His first successful offering to the DJ world was in 1992 with a track entitled 'Smushy Smushy' on the Flex riddim and when Don Yute performed a dubplate of this track for an uptown set called Legend his popularity increased. He lists his musical influences as Major Worries, Maxi Priest, Melodies, Delphonics and New Edition.

Don Yute has been associated with the Dutty Cup Crew and the Dainty Crew felt the need to clarify whether he was a member. His response was "We hail up one another, but there's no love in the heart, y'know for me from dem. I love dem, but they don't really want me exist because poverty in Jamaica leadin' people to get bad-minded and grudgeful and forget where dey come from, y'know. Everybody want the same treatment. When a million people have the same treatment, it kinda difficult y'know? So, who can hol' it an' work hard an' keep gettin' gol' record an' all dat. You know all dem tings mess up people head, y'know"?

Don Yute is no stranger to the big Jamaican stage shows including Sting, Sunsplash and more recently Spectrum '99 where he performed his current hit 'Dancehall Crazy' to the appreciation of the crowd. He states Sunsplash in around 1996 with Diana King and Adina Howard as one of the most memorable stage shows that he has participated in. He has also performed in Miami, Atlanta, and various areas of the Caribbean and when asked why he hadn't performed in many of the dancehall arenas overseas including the UK and New York he blamed that on the "industry".

Don Yute has worked with some of the top producers in the business including Inner Circle, Ali Campbell from UB40, Jermaine Dupri, Tony Kelly, Dave Kelly, Dynamic Duo, Bobby Digital, Danny Browne, Donovan Germaine and Mikey Bennett to name a few. He has recently participated on So-So Def Base All-Stars Volumes I & II and his most recent album was Golden Child, which is being distributed by Jam Down Records. He is currently working on his new album, which should hit the streets in the near future.

Don Yute is the proud owner of a Gold Record for a track entitled 'Sexiest' on the So-So Def Base All-Stars Volume I, a Jermaine Dupri production. He has his eye on adding another Gold Record to his collection, which may be sooner than we think because he is only 30,000 copies away from his second Gold Record target. Don Yute pens the majority of his lyrics and his ideas are taken from the circumstances around him. He considers himself a world performer rather than a strictly dancehall performer and he has named his style "worl'-hop" due to his targeting people from all different age groups and people from different walks of life.

The Golden Child name is derived from Don Yute's ability to turn anything he touches into gold. He has put this into practice when producing himself and some of the top artists in the business including Beenie Man, Mad Cobra, Spragga Benz, JC Lodge, Anthony B, Nitty Kutchie, Frisco Kid, General Degree and Chrissy D.

When not in the studio or performing, Don Yute, the self confessed shopaholic likes to listen to "fresh" sound systems with his favourite youth of the moment being Tony Matterhorn due to his fearless approach towards any big sound. He enjoys listening to music with flavour and loves Sugar Ray, the earlier days of Buju Banton and his favourite DJ is Spragga Benz.

Don Yute loves the dancehall hype, but he believes "It mustn't jus' be a group up ting y'know, like one set of people. I t'ink you mus' involve like a lotta new artists from y'know dem have talent. Put dem out an' sell dem. Don't jus' voice dem, put dem on de shelf and push your artist because sometimes people really sick an' tired of your artist. You have a million artists out there who deal wid gimics. A lot of people only can work wid gimics for so long".

Hopefully Don Yute will fulfil his dream to visit many more countries including England and New York and his wish that the fans will push the artists, rather than the "industry" pushing the artists they think the fans want to hear, will become a reality.

Fans can e-mail Don Yute at DonYute2000@hotmail.com or find further information on his webpages at http://www.imexpages.com/donyute. For booking information contact the http://www.imexpages.com/donyute in Jamaica on 876 905 3343 or alternatively, contact http://www.imexpages.com/donyute in New York for US bookings.


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