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Hopeton Lewis

Hopeton Lewis

1947 -

Origin: Jamaica

Main instrument: Vocal

Genres: Gospel, Reggae

Famed Jamaican baritone Hopeton Lewis first exercised his legendary vocal chords as a child in the Burnt Savannah Holiness Church choir. He formed his first group, The Regals, while still a teenager, after both his mother and grandparents had passed away. In 1966, Lewis recorded Take It Easy, what some consider the beginning of rocksteady, a precursor to reggae. In the late 1980s, the singer added producer to his list of accomplishments with the launch of record label Bay City Music. Lewis has slowly returned to his first love: church music. Since the 1990s, he has released over a dozen Gospel albums.

2009 Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 9 p.m.
Scène General Motors

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