First, his half-scat/half-sung delivery was the perfect amalgamation of traditional reggae singing coupled with the art of DJing, or Jamaican rap. With "Wa Do Dem," reggae's own "sing-jay" style was born -- a phenomenon that remains popular today. Eek-a-Mouse was making his initial impact just after the death of Bob Marley, which had dealt a devastating blow to the global reggae community. While fans over the world were searching for the "next reggae king" in Marley's mold, singers such as Eek-a-Mouse forged ahead, creating a new secular style known as dancehall. Roots reggae's apocalyptic concern was now being replaced with an emphasis on enjoying oneself in the here and now, where Eek-a-Mouse felt most at home. Still, it's remarkable that the Mouse has remained relevant for over 20 years -- no small feat when one considers the enormous burnout rate of dancehall artists.
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