by Howard Campbell
[ATLANTA] – Humor has always had its place in reggae, even in the heady days of the 1970s when the rasta message dominated through Bob Marley and Burning Spear. Vocalist Mister D represents the lighter side of music with Pum Pum Yam, his first song.
Co-produced by Rohan Carr and Douglas McLeary, it was released in January. Its title refers to Jamaican slang for female genitals, but Mister D says he’s just having fun.
“I think reggae lacks songs with a lighter touch like Pum Pum Yam. It should not be vulgar, ”he said.
Atlanta-based Mister D has been writing songs for other artists including The Silvertones and Keith Coley for years. He finally decided to start recording last year because he felt “my calling had just come”.
Mr. D is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He lived there in the 1960s and 1970s when singers like Stanley Beckford and Carl Malcolm composed rib-tickling songs like Soldering (cover by Hall And Oates) and Fattie Bum Bum.
In the 1980s, as a “relaxation” reigned in the dancehall, Papa San, Stitchie and Professor Nuts carried the banner high with a series of tongue-in-cheek hit songs.
Now that he has started his recording career with Pum Pum Yam, Mister D is eager to make more songs. He plans to release an album in 2021.