Starkey Banton
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Starkey Banton
Starkey Banton
David Murray
Born (1962-11-15) November 15, 1962 (age 55)
Origin Hammersmith, London, England
Genres Reggae
Labels Fashion, Ariwa

Starkey Banton aka Starkey Super (born David Murray, 15 November 1962) is a British reggae deejay known for his "cultural" lyrics, active since the mid-1970s.


Born in Hammersmith, London, in 1962, Murray began performing in the mid-1970s under the name Starkey Super on the London sound system circuit.[1] He changed his stage name to Starkey Banton ("Banton" meaning a deejay full of lyrics) in response to the popularity of several other performers using the Banton name. His debut single, "Lover Dread", was released in 1993, bucking the trend for slackness.[1] This was followed by "Blackman Memories" and "Ganja Baby".[1] In 1994 he worked with the One Love crew, who released his "Wicked Man" single, the popularity of which led to combination hits with Sweetie Irie and Horace Andy, and an appearance at the 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festival.[1] His 1985 riposte to the Jungle music phenomenon, "Jungle Bungle" ("One bag a noise and a whole heap a sample, That's something my ear holes can't handle!"), was hugely popular among Britain's urban audience.[2] He recorded for Fashion Records, releasing "Nah Wear Nuh Versace", coincidentally released on the day Gianni Versace was murdered, followed by a string of cultural singles with "I Love King Selassie", "I & I Saw Them Coming", and "Weeping & Wailing", collected together along with the dub sides and new material on his debut album, Powers Youth, in 1997.[1][3] The album featured Mykal Rose, with whom Banton recorded combination tracks "Release Me" and "Another Day in Babywrong".[1] His second album, Rasta Mystic, was produced by Mad Professor, with rhythms provided by Mafia & Fluxy and Black Steel, and released on Ariwa in 2000.[2]

Banton has remained popular, and headlined the Aldajah Reggae Festival in Spain in 2005.[4]




  1. ^ a b c d e f Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.20
  2. ^ a b Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p.421
  3. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (1999) Reggae: 100 Essential CDs - The Rough Guide, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-85828-567-4, p.17-18
  4. ^ "Gentleman, Starkey Banton encabezan el Aldajah Reggae Festival", Diariocrtico de la Communitat Valenciana, 3 May 2005

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