I arrived in Britain in 1974 at the age of 15. This was to be the start of my musical journey. I was raw and nonconformist and very into my sport; cricket to be precise. At that time you would more likely find a cricket bat in my hand as opposed to a microphone.
I suffered a spate of injuries that shortened my sporting career. Fortunately by this time, my love and aptitude towards music had grown and I was hooked. Music will be here a long time after us. It can teach the world a lesson.
I became a roadie for King Sounds and the Israelites and then the Aswad band. Whilst working with Aswad I travelled extensively. I had the good fortune to meet many individuals. Many of which became my motivation into the music business and inspired my musical journey. Artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bunny Wailer, the list goes on. By the time I left Aswad, I was a fully fledged MC, I decided on a name.
Vincent Nap was born….
I met Ivan Christie, a young aspiring musician. I thought he was a genius on the guitar and I collaborated with Ivan to put together a band of musicians ‘All welcome Crew’. Both Ivan and I looked to infuse our reggae music with elements of dynamism.
I recorded my first song in 1988. I cannot explain the excitement I felt and the anticipation of peoples reaction to my sounds. Was I in tune enough?
Getting airtime was not easy. Then I landed on ‘Fresh fm’ they put my track on the air straight away.
It was also at this same time my overstanding of rasta began its journey also. Iit has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration and direction for my life and my music.
I have gone on to do about 15 other tracks since then and am happy to say that I’m proud of my work. I think my music is a true reflection of things from the view of my eyes and ears. I’m not expecting to change the world with my music but just to add to the richness of it a little more.
Official Biography of Vincent’s Journey
Roots Ambassador, Vincent Nap, was born Vincent Rhone on January 10th. He hails from Trinityville, a district in the Parish of St Thomas, Jamaica. Because of his belief in Rastafari and him being born in the month January, he adopted the name of Nap. Nap is short for Naphtali, one of the sons of the 12th tribe of Israel. Vincent left Jamaica in the 1970’s to join his parents in England. As a young man, he played professional cricket for Northamptonshire. This was until an unfortunate injury put a stop to his promising sporting career.
Vincent Nap has had a passion for singing since early childhood days – when he used to sing at the family church in Yallahs, St Thomas. Inspired by his hero, Dennis Brown, as well as other Reggae greats, Vincent moved to London to pursue his dream. His musical journey led him on to the Groove Music stable, which had acts such as ASWAD, Michael Prophet, Yabby U, Tony Tuff, Tommy McCook, and King Sounds & the Israelites. Vincent humbly worked as a roadie and chef before moving on to become stage manager for ‘The Mighty Sparrow’, ‘Superblue’, and the ‘United Sisters’.
Encouraged by other artists, friends, and family Vincent formed his own band ‘The All Welcome Crew’ in 1987. He was mentored as a vocalist by Studio One legend, Alton Ellis. Vincent recorded his first two singles, ‘Honeysuckle Lady’, and ‘Need Your Loving’ in 1988. Both songs were written by Vincent Nap and helped secure his place on the Reggae map as both a singer and a songwriter.
Vincent followed these two singles with the now classics ‘Everyday Everyday’ and ‘Thanks & Praise’. These have both become well-known Reggae anthems. Then came a limited edition release entitled ‘Who Goes There’, which was included on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Monk Dawson’ (released in 1998).
Vincent Nap’s debut album, ‘Good Things Come…’ (produced by Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison) has received positive reviews and wide international airplay. The album features some of Vincent’s previously released hit singles. Several new hits showcasing his immense talents as a seasoned singer and a prolific songwriter can also be heard on the album.
Vincent Nap is currently working on his second album. He tirelessly performs in shows and concerts around the world. Vincent has toured extensively in the UK and Europe. Memorable events include performing at the Giel Festival in Belgium, opening for Sinead O’Connor in Dublin, Ireland, and a multiple-city, mid-90’s tour performing with Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, King Sounds & the Israelites, and Danny Red.
Other artists Vincent has performed with include Taurus Riley, Maxi Priest, Luciano, Mykal Rose, Queen Ifrica, and foundational Reggae artist such as Alton Ellis, Ken Booth, and Burning Spear – to name a few. Vincent has performed in Jamaica, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, and Zimbabwe and shows no signs of slowing down.