Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, The Biggest Dancehall Song In The World - Yellowman
It is almost impossible to mention the name Yellowman without thinking of his ingenious dancehall classic Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. The track is delivered in a freestyle fashion, with the deejay jumping through topics ranging from a goat and rooster, to having 110 girlfriends who bear his yellow babies. The song has since been sampled by several entertainers, including Tupac, Queen Latifah, Junior Mafia, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel, but what does it mean? The Gleaner caught up with the deejay to discuss the song's success and album of the same name, released 35 years ago. "It can mean anything, you know. Mi can look pon somebody and say, 'if you don't leave me alone I will Zungguzunggugu-zungguzeng you'," Yellowman explained. "It's just a slang that came to me when me go inna the studio and hear the riddim. I didn't sit down and write it, me just rhyme up the words and mek the verse." Produced by long-time collaborator Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, Yellowman presents his arguments as the single unfolds on the 'Diseases' rhythm. Even though the entertainer gained popularity after placing second in the Tastee's Talent Contest in 1979, he noted that he was often dismissed by producers for being an albino. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng would ultimately change that.