Debbie Defire, also known as Debrah Keese, is a British born artist, who moved to Jamaica with her parents as a toddler and was crowned ‘Jamaica’s 1964 May Queen’ for child’s month. She describes this was her 1st public performance, and it was a big deal in her community then, as she headlined the news papers THE GLEANER for the whole month of May. She also met members of parliament along with the then Mayor of Kingston and Sir Clifford Campble and his wife. Her coronation took place at the Ward Theatre 1964 in Kingston.
In 1978 Lee Scratch Perry produced the reggae classic ‘Travelling’ by Debra Keese and the Black Five, a classic hit to date.
The artist moved to the Chicago in 1981 where she captured the hearts of Reggae followers in the city and quickly became Chicago’s 1st lady in reggae. Debbie Defire won numerous awards from Martins International Reggae Awards, she even bagged best song for her track FREEDOM SONG, along with and award for Best Female Vocalist.
Today the artist resides in the UK and has released her album, which is a compilation of songs she has written and performed over the past 40 yrs, along with some new tracks she has recently written. The title track of the album WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE ft Dean Fraser, Jamaica’s beloved saxophonist, a song she wrote for her late husband. BONGOLAND and POWER also features one of Tanzanian top artistes G Nako , listen and discover how this duo will make you move your feet to the African Beat. The Track RESPECT , another powerful track that was written with the late great South African trombonist Hugh Masekela
is most definitely worthy of adding to your daily playlist.
LEE SCRATCH PERRY
2019 BONGO LAND ft G-NAKO
2020 MY LOVE
2020 WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE
2022 BLAZE DE FIRE