Zukie Joseph

Zukie Joseph

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Biography

Junior Allen, aka Zukie Joseph, was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. At an early age he was given the nickname Zukie by a community elder and mentor. Zukie was born on the 24th of February, which makes him Joseph of the twelve tribes of Israel. He is especially proud to be Joseph because two of his favorite and most influential singers, Dennis Brown and Bob Marley are also Josephs.

Zukie started working with leading sound systems fresh out of high school in Montego Bay when he was learning electronics at Megga De Massagan and began singing at clashes with Massagan High Power. This was his first hands on experience with music and he began to discover his true calling. He loves dancehall music, but believes as he matures musically, he tends to prefer Roots Rock Reggae a lot more. His musical influences and inspirations come from icons such as Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Diana Ross and Roberta Flack, to name a few.

He moved to the US in 1986 and hooked up with Miami’s leading sound system Twilight High Power and Slate High Power after moving to Pittsburgh. He came to Canada in 1989, by 1990 was singing on a local Vancouver sound system, Mr. Bassie Musik, and between 1992 and 1994 was lead singer of a reggae band, The Messiah. 1995 saw the birth of P.H.D, formed after Zukie and three ex Messiah members went to a U-Roy concert where the four-piece band amazed them all. With Zukie Joseph as lead vocalist, P.H.D was a huge success playing over a hundred venues and considered Vancouver’s No. 1 reggae band three years running. With two CDs to their credit, Zukie played percussion and was lead singer along with Darryl Reimer in the band Boom Daddy from 1996 to 2000 until Zukie decided to pursue a career as a solo artist.

Since then Zukie has commercially released two albums with the third hot off the presses. The 2002 release of the compilation 'In Jamaica' gave Zukie the opportunity to work with artists such as Kirk Davis, Beenie Man, Terry Ganzie and fellow Vancouver Dancehall chanter Jahranimo. The album experienced strong sales being distributed by Tuff Gong and lead to the filming of a video from the title track on the beaches of Jamaica. In 2004 Zukie then released his debut solo album 'It's About Time'. The first single of the album, 'Give Her Want She Wants', was featured on Global Television's season pilot Falcon Beach and hit the radio airwaves hard. The album was in regular rotation on campus and community radio from coast to coast. The album’s success prompted George Barrett to present Zukie the annual Reggae Music Appreciation award for 2004.

A polished performing artist, Zukie Joseph has shared the bill with mega stars such as Leroy Sibbles, Burning Spear, Justin Hines, The Wailers, Judy Mowatt, Maestro Fresh Wes, Pablo Moses, Beenie Man, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Kirk Davis and Half Pint. With a burning desire to give his fans what they want, he has just released his brand new album 'It's About Time…Fe Real'. The entire album was recorded in Jamaica and showcases some of the countries hottest Reggae stars including Flowagon, Jah Mason and Lady G. His maturity as an artist is very evident in this 17 track LP that is destined to take this lion’s career to the next level. Fe Real!

Discography

Fe Real
Rasta Go Round Dem
Crazy Stacey
No Beating Stick Feat Flowagon
Give Her What She Wants
Trust
It's About Time
Who Are You
Ethiopia King
The Lion Has Come Feat Jah Mason
Hey Sista
So In Love
Uptown Saturday Night
2 To 3 Feat Lady G
You Don't Know Me
Purple Stuff (4:20)
Jah Muzik (Se-Lah)
Amharic Genesis
Keep On Holding On
Smile
In Your Eyes
Keep You Satisfied
Straighten Up
In Jamaica
We Can Work It Out
Big And Bold
Tricky
Round And Round
And Many More