running time: 66:56
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|Winston 'Niney' Holness got his Observer label off to a
booming start with the release of 'Blood & Fire', which earned Niney
the 1971 award for Jamaica's Record of the Year. Although he
continued to sing, Niney is best known for his outstanding production
work during the early 70's for such artists as Slim Smith, Delroy
Wilson, Big Youth, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie
McGregor, U-Roy, and Dennis Brown. Many
credit Niney for helping DEB earn his title as crowned
During this hour-long interview, Niney reasons
extensively with Ireggae about his relationship with Dennis Brown
including how he and Dennis used to go up to Slim Smith's
camp when Dennis was still very young. Niney
recalls Dennis's first #1 hit 'Westbound Train', and the
circumstances surrounding 'Cassandra' which was recorded while DEB
was hospitalized with tuberculoses (TB).
Niney also discusses the materials he just recorded for an album to be
released by Mafia & Fluxy, as well as a new set of self-produced
materials he is working on. Niney will be making his first
California appearance at this year's Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.