THE OTHER RIDDIM TWINS
|Wycliffe Johnson und Cleveland Browne, better known as Steely and Clevie, first came together
during sessions for Augustus Pablo at Lee Perry's Black Ark studio, working on Hugh Mundell's
"Africa Must Be Free" by 1983. Both had been keen students of the runnings at Studio One,
Tubbys, and Channel One. When they first played together in a proper session for what was to be
Mundells classic LP they were still in their early teens!
|After stints with the Studio One Band, Youthman Promotions,
The Generation Gap and The Browne Bunch as individuals,
Steely and Clevie next came together as the house riddim
section at King Jammy's studio in 1986. Already established as
the ruler of the new ‘computerized’ digital sound with the
epochal Sleng Teng riddim, Steely And Clevie (alongside
engineer Bobby Digital and arranger Mikey Bennett) rapidly
took Jammy$ output to a whole new level, along the way
becoming the undisputed masters of the form.
Jammy$ posse ruled the dancehall scene with an iron fist in the latter half of the 80s.
|Name brand artists like Cocoa Tea, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie
McGregor and Frankie Paul all had a series of massive hits on the
duo’s riddims. They also launched the new crop of dancehall dons
like Admiral Bailey, Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks, Garnett Silk and
Ninjaman. By 1988 Bobby Digital, Mikey Bennett and Steely and
Clevie had all left to form their own labels.
Their names were still in charts all thru '90s, scoring a huge hit
with their relick of Dawn
In January 2004 Steely was charged with manslaughter after the vehicle he was driving hit and killed
"Mentally, we were not in the frame of mind for the
Late 2005 saw the duo return with a killer revival riddim “Sleepy