About ECHO MINOTT
Pioneer on the Dancehall scene with his incomparable voice, he is an inspiration to many musicians'.
Echo Minott is a veteran singer; who is among the first ones who introduced Raggamuffin into Jamaica and the rest of the world.
Echo Minott was born Noel Phillips in 1963 and grew up in the Maverley area of Kingston, Jamaica. He started singing from an early age, appearing in local talent contests. His first break came in 1980 when he recorded the album "Youthman Vibration" for legendary producer Prince Jammy.
Now in-demand as an increasingly popular dancehall singer, Echo began recording for many other producers and scored his first Jamaican No. 1 single with the song "Love Problems" produced by Joe Gibbs. He followed this with another hit, "Farmer Man" for the late Henry "Junjo" Lawes' Volcano Records label.
It was in 1985 that Echo Minott finally became an international reggae star with the monster hit "Lazy Body", released on the Black Scorpio label. It was a number one all over the reggae world.
At this time, Echo was a regular member of two of Jamaica's top sound systems Black Scorpio and King Jammys. His next singles "Original Fat Thing" and "Put Your Hands Pon The Key" were both enormous hits on Jammys' new revolutionary Sleng Teng rhythm track. Echo hits again in 1986 with the extraordinary track "What The Hell", which remained top of the Jamaican charts for three whole months. This song was the first ever to use the raggamuffin beat of today's dancehall and was an extremely controversial song. This led to Echo recording his own second part .
Many other hits like "Mr Ruddy" (Witty), "Follow Me" (Music Master), "Been Around The World" (Jammys) and "Whip Appeal" (Black Scorpio), ensured that Echo Minott remained a household name within the reggae scene for the rest of the eighties, and into the early 90s. In 1992, Echo left Jamaica to live in New York and immediately had a massive international number one reggae hit with "Murder Weapon". When the jungle explosion hit the UK in 1993/94, Murder Weapon was re-worked in the new style and became another enormous hit again.
Returning to Jamaica in 1994, Echo had more dancehall hits with songs like "I Am Back", once again for Jammys and "Sensitive" for Mafia and Fluxy.
He then took a break from the business for a few years. He expects to reissue some oldies and produce new tracks still in collaboration with the French producer, MAGUARI PRODUCTIONS. In 2005, he came back to the spotlight in Jamaica & Europe, with his new album 'Roots of Dancehall' on MAGUARI Productions label and several European tours with sound systems (Soul Stereo, Guiding Star) . Celebrated over twenty years as a successful reggae artist, Echo has now acquired veteran status. He tours backed by sound systems and backing bands and he is still cutting hundreds of Dubplates