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Independent Reggae label: New Star Records put out at least five singles during 1977-78, in a NEW-0 catalogue series, with Mojo handling the distribution. Pye Records picked up NEWs 1, 4 and 5 in December 1979 and gave them wider distribution. The label was owned by David Sinclair ('Tapper Zukie').  Tapper Zukie (or Tappa Zukie) (born David Sinclair, 1955, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae deejay and producer. Tapper was the nickname given to him by his grandmother in his youth, while Zukie was a name that came from his friends' association as a young boy - their gang was called 'The Zukies'. Knowledge were a Jamaican roots reggae group, best known for their work in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which saw them sign to A&M Records. The group formed in the Rema area of Kingston, in 1974, the line-up including Anthony Doyley (lead vocals and main songwriter), Delroy Fowlin (vocals) aka Bronco Knowledge, Earl MacFarlane (vocals), Michael Smith (guitar), and Michael Samuels (vocals). Doyley had previously been a member of The Classics, who had recorded for Lee "Scratch" Perry in the late 1960s. Paul Freeman joined the group later in their career. They recorded for deejay and producer Tapper Zukie, first on the "Make Faith" single, with several releases on his "Stars" label. These led to a major label deal with A&M, who issued the group's debut album, Hail Dread (produced by Zukie), in 1978. Linval Thompson Real Name: Phillip Alphonso a Jamaican reggae and dub musician and record producer. Born 12 October 1954, Kingston, Jamaica. Thompson was raised in Kingston, Jamaica, but spent time with his mother in Queens, New York, and his recording career began around the age of 20 with the self-released "No Other Woman," recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Returning to Jamaica in the mid 1970s he recorded with Phil Pratt, only to return to New York to study engineering. Returning again to Jamaica, he worked with Lee "Scratch" Perry at his Black Ark studio, recording "Kung Fu Man", and recorded with Bunny Lee, which resulted in his debut album, Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks, in 1976. Thompson began to produce his own material, the first fruits being the Trojan album, I Love Marijuana (1978), and its dub counterpart Negrea Love Dub. Although he continued to work as a singer, he became increasingly prominent as a producer, working with key artists of the late roots and early dancehall era such as Dennis Brown, Cornell Campbell, The Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy and Trinity. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
77 Tapper Zukie & Musical Intividators  New Star  NEW STAR NEW 1
78 Knowledge Zion NEW STAR NEW 2
78 Linval Thompson  Mari Guiani NEW STAR NEW 3
78 Patrick Andy  Black Girl NEW STAR NEW 4
78 Max Edwards  Black Cinderella NEW STAR NEW 5

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