Sinclair was born in 1951 in Kingston,
Jamaica. We came to know him under the name
Tappa or Tapper Zukie, one of the most
militant DJ's from the era of the Punky
He was heavily promoted by Patti Smith,
who also was influential in getting his
-now- classic album MPLA on the UK market.
Not, that he was new to the UK in the
late 1970's, though. Back in 1973, he
already recorded material in the UK. This
was the album "Man A Warrior",
which he recorded for a producer named
Still, for some reason producers in
Jamaica didn't think the same about Tappa's
voice as many in the UK.
After a period of acting as the bodyguard
for producer Bunny "Striker" Lee,
he started his own record label and things
went from there. Both his work as a producer
as well as an MC were then well received in
both Jamaica and abroad.
He produced such vocalists as Prince Alla,
and due to his social work he also came in
contact with people who he helped getting in
the music industry too.
Quite an impressive Curriculum Vitae...
"Peace and Love in the Ghetto"
was originally released in 1979 on the UK
based Virgin Frontline label, known for it's
many militant and DUB based Rockers music.
It only contains 9 different tracks, but
quite some tracks they are!
Good mixes, with loads of echo's to
accompany the voice of Tapper Zukie as he
rides from one drum and bass line to the
next. We hear riddims used by singers such
as Johnny Clarke.
When you like albums like MPLA, you will
want to have this lesser known work of the
man as well.