b. Michael Kennedy, 1972, Cockburn Pen, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Kennedy began his career performing on various local sound systems, building a solid reputation as a dancehall singer.
His influences included
local heroes Frankie Paul, Tenor Saw
and ragga DJ Supercat. His popularity led to recording sessions that
produced his biggest hit, "Centre Of Attraction", alongside combination
hits with Lieutenant Stitchie ("Don't Deny Me") and Beenie Man and
Black Pearl ("Bag It Up"). Lukie D joined the Firehouse Crew, noted for
fostering the careers of Luciano and Sizzla. While with the Firehouse
crew he released his debut, Centre Of Attraction, featuring
combinations with Mikey Spice and DJ Determine. He also released a
series of hits, including "I Won't Let You Go", "Lonely Nights", "Let
Me Love You Now", "Heavy Load" and "You've Got It Going". His success
allowed him to commute between Jamaica and the USA, where he became
acquainted with more diverse musical influences, resulting in the
broadening of his repertoire. In 1997 he released a 20-track
compilation featuring, unconventionally, versions of AC/DC's "You Shook
Me" and Queen's "We Will Rock You". His alternative approach garnered
attention in the USA, but alienated the partisan dancehall crew. As
well as his solo career, Lukie D also joined the vocal group L.U.S.T.
They performed at MIDEM 1998 and later in New York at the third
Culturama festival, to critical acclaim. In 1999, Lukie D left the
group and was replaced by Ricardo Durante.
May 01, 2010 – 15th Annual Jammin' Hawaiians