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ORIGIN: Kingston, Jamaica
BORN: Sept 23, 1961
Palma was born in 1962 and grew up in the Waltham Park area of Kingston, and decided from an
early age that he wanted to be a singer. He began by singing to the accompaniment of Soul
Syndicate guitarist Tony Chin. His first recording was "Love Is A Message" for producer Bunny
Lee when he was eight years old, which was followed by "A-Class Girl" for the Black Solidarity label,
which was co-run by Palma and Ossie Thomas.
Palma made a major breakthrough with his performance in 1979 at the General Penitentiary
Memorial Concert for Claudie Massop, which also featured Bob Marley. At one point in the early
1980s, Palma had nine songs in Jamaica's Top 40. They included his biggest career hit, the dancehall
influenced "Entertainment" produced by Nkrumah Jah Thomas and using a reworking of the
rhythm from Vin Gordon's "Heavenless". Palma became a popular artist in the "singjay" style in the
early 1980s.enjoying further successes with Jah Thomas including: "Water Bubbling", "Spliff Tail",
"Raving", "Touch Me, Take Me" and "Run around Woman".
Palma has worked with Linval Thompson, who produced his Joker
Lover and Settle Down Girl albums, and also George Pang, Tony
Robinson, Sugar Minott, Bunny Gemini, and Castro Brown.
In the mid-1980s, Palma became involved in the famine-relief
charity project Music is Life, along with Freddie
McGregor, Mutabaruka, Gregory Isaacs, Third World, Edi Fitzroy,
and Steel Pulse, contributing to the charity single "Land of
Africa". His popularity continued through the 1980s
with dancehall hits that included "Lick Shot", a track that utilized
rhythms by Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, and in the 1990s
he recorded the Three Against War song and album with Dennis
Brown and Beenie Man.
Triston Palma in his Recording Studio
Palma has worked as a producer himself, working with artists such
as Phillip Frazer, Josey Wales, and Robert French, and has provided
backing vocals for singers such as Sugar Minott, Tony Tuff, and
Freddie McGregor. He also built his own Star Creation studio.