As an artist, Hugh Mundell was able to leverage his success by creating his own label “Muni-Musik”. His very first signed artist is none other than the ‘Waterhouse Wailer’ Junior Reid, who goes on to become the lead in Black Uhuru and has one of the most successful solo careers in reggae.
Mundell and Reid become very close friends. In fact, it is Reid who is in the car with Mundell when he is fatally shot and killed in 1983.
Killamanjaro @ Whitehall Avenue, Kingston, circa August/September 1983
Super Cat, John Wayne, Dirty Harry, Junior Reid, U.U. Madoo, Hopeton James, Hugh Mundell, Puddy Roots, Major Manzie
Selector – Ainsley
“Super Cat is now a regular star for Killamanjaro and on this session he’s on good lyrical form getting “forwards” from the crowd for “Chant Down Babylon” on the “Freedom Blues” rhythm. His hailing of “Jamaica 21” anniversary gives us a clue as to the date of the dance too. The late Hugh Mundell and his sparring partner Junior Reid pass through for a couple of numbers, Mundell versioning “Reasons” and Reid tackling the “Some Guys” standard. John Wayne is relentless in his “Title” passage and Major Manzie finishes this hour long excerpt with “Come Along”.
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