b. 1962, Waltham Park, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Palma is widely acknowledged as being introduced to the recording scene by DJ and producer Jah Thomas. He was hailed as a master of the sing-jay style that enjoyed enormous popularity in the early 80s. In 1980, prior to his alliance with Jah Thomas, the She Get Up And Skank label released â€˜Bad Boysâ€™, which accelerated his career. He recorded â€˜A Class Girlâ€™, credited to Triston And Tony, which inspired Thomas to work with Palma. His initial hits, â€˜Entertainmentâ€™ and â€˜Spliff Tailâ€™, made a significant impression with the reggae audience. He also recorded in combination with Ranking Toyan â€˜Run Around Womanâ€™, and with Badoo â€˜Yes Iâ€™m Readyâ€™. Palmaâ€™s initial success led to a large number of recordings, including â€˜Ravingâ€™ and â€˜Joker Smokerâ€™, which were both in combination with Thomas. In 1982, Palma was still topping the reggae charts with â€˜Darling Whenâ€™, â€˜If You Knew Babyâ€™ and â€˜Rub A Dub Sessionâ€™. By the end of the year Thomas began concentrating on Michael Palmerâ€™s career as he felt that his association with Palma had reached its pinnacle. In 1983 Palma had a succession of hits including â€˜Mr False Preacherâ€™ with Nicker Smart, â€˜Settle Down Girlâ€™, â€˜Iâ€™m Leavingâ€™ with Ranking Joe, â€˜Woman Womanâ€™, â€˜Undying Loveâ€™, â€˜Buy Out The Barâ€™, â€˜No Shot No Fireâ€™, â€˜Folly Rankingâ€™ and â€˜Itâ€™s Not What You Sayâ€™. By 1985 Palma became involved in the Music Is Life project, alongside a host of top performers, including Freddie McGregor, Mutabaruka, Gregory Isaacs, Third World, Edi Fitzroy and Steel Pulse, for the famine relief single â€˜Land Of Africaâ€™. His popularity continued throughout the 80s including a number of hits with Pants produced by Castro Brown and then into the 90s when he recorded with Dennis Brown and Beenie Man for the hit compilation Three Against War.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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