Picks and Pans Review: King Yellowman

updated 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Winston Foster, 28, an albino Jamaican who always dresses in yellow—hence the nickname—is such a phenomenon on his home island that he has released 20 albums there in three years. His style is a strange combination of rap music and reggae. Sometimes talking, sometimes singing, he manages to meld his stream-of-consciousness verse with Caribbean rhythms, mixing in strains of such pop tunes as the John Denver hit Country Roads, which is like blending shrimp creole with oatmeal. While Americans may have some difficulty with his accent, his music has a certain quirky charm. Besides, it takes nerve to combine the silly 1959 Frankie Ford hit Sea Cruise with such lyrics as "You love me and I love you/My favorite color is yellow and blue." (Columbia)

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