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Tony Rebel (born Patrick George Anthony Barrett, 15 January 1962, Manchester Parish, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae deejay. He was initially a singer, appearing as Papa Tony or Tony Ranking in local talent contests and on sound systems including Sugar Minott's 'Youth Promotion'. His first release was the single "Casino" that appeared in 1988 on the MGB record label, although his career took off when he worked with Donovan Germain's Penthouse setup in the early 1990s. He had a big hit in 1990 with "Fresh Vegetable", and established a singjay style of delivery. He is notable as one of the few dreadlocked 'cultural' deejays of the ragga era. In 1992 he signed a deal with Columbia Records who released Vibes of the Times, a predominantly reggae fusion album, the following year. It spawned some of his more well known international singles such as the title track "Vibes of the Times" and "Nazerite Vow" both of which had accompanying music videos. In 1994 he founded his record label, 'Flames'.

Tony Rebel is placed by many as the first Rasta "singjay" in dancehall reggae music is a style that mixes vocals with traditional deejaying over dancehall riddims (second singjays include Pinchers Anthony B and many newer artists)
Tony Rebel's career began in the 1980s and was often seen performing with Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotion sound system Rebel is responsible for introducing a young Garnett Silk (then known as Bimbo and Little Bimbo) to the sound, the two were closely linked to Silk's untimely death in 1994
Tony Rebel career was at its peak in the early 1990s with such hit songs as "fresh vegetable" "Sweet Jamaica" and the duet with Garnett Silk "Christian Soldiers" He remained prominent At the end of the 90s with the smash hit "If Jah" La La Bella riddim
Tony Rebel still performs occasionally but has focused most of his energy to career protege Queen Ifrica and his wildly popular annual Reggae Festival in St. Elizabeth Jamaica right Rebel Salute

Tony Rebel sings a peaceful, roots-oriented form of dancehall music designed to inspire his audience to take a more positive approach to life and social change. Rebel is a Rastafarian, but rather than simply creating serious, philosophical tunes, he infuses his music with a lighthearted, liberal-leaning dose of humor. Prior to becoming a recording artist in the 1990s, he spent 14 years playing the local dancehall circuit. Examples of his uplifting approach to dancehall can be heard on his 1993 album Vibes of Time; other releases include 1998's If Jah.


 


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