Alex Constantine - June 12, 2014
Born of Indian descent, Super Cat was raised in Kingston’s tough Seivright Gardens neighborhood, then known as Cockburn Pen. As a child, Super Cat heard the latest songs by reggae veterans blasting from local record shops. By the time he was eight years old, he was hanging out at a local club called Bamboo Lawn, assisting the crew of the Soul Imperial sound system and absorbing the dancehall rhymes of deejays like Dillinger, Ranking Trevor and Early B The Doctor.
Super Cat came roaring out of Jamaica in the 1980s, blazing a new trail through the dancehall reggae scene with hits like "Ghetto Red Hot," "Nuff Man A Dead," "Boops," and "Dolly My Baby." One of the first Jamaican deejays to break through the U.S. market, Maragh helped pioneer the fusion of dancehall with Hip Hop and R&B, now known as reggae fusion, collaborating with then-rising stars like Puff Daddy, Heavy D, Mary J. Blige, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, Kris Kross and DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill. Outspoken in his attitude on politics, sex, drugs, and violence, Cat’s talk is tough, his message is conscious and positive, a cry for justice that rings from the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, Port of Spain, Trinidad, New York City, South Central Los Angeles, inner city Toronto and around the world.
Following the death of his long time road manager Fred 'The Thunder' Donner in 2004, Super Cat released a multi-cd tribute album entitled Reggaematic Diamond All-Stars that featured contributions from Yami Bolo, Michael Prophet, Linval Thompson, Nadine Sutherland and Sizzla among others.
Fox News reports that Super Cat is 'dead.' His record company is trying to collect a billion dollars on his posthumous music and publishing rights. But Super Cat is very much alive and fighting for his life, as he explains in this chilling interview recounting ...
The Covert War Against Super Cat: