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ANDREW BEES - DISCOGRAPHY: (Reggae Singer)

Last updated: October 2016
Andrew Bees with Black Uhuru

ANDREW BEES  - PROFILE:

Singer: Andrew Bees
Job: Music
Location: Waterhouse, Jamaica
Genre: Roots Nyahbinghi Reggae
Influences: Jah Ras Tafari Emperor Haile Selassie I

Biography:
Reggae crooner Andrew Bees born Oneil Norman Beckford on May 17,1972 grew up in Waterhouse community in Kingston, Jamaica; an area with a very rich history in Roots Reggae "Ras Tafari" music. Since migrating to the US in 2009 where while now refocused on his solo career, Bees remains a "for hire" vocalist for Black Uhuru with their last tour being a massive 2012 US tour on which they performed in various West Coast states.

Andrew Bees is currently putting together his solo EP “Official Andrew Bees” which will be release Digital Worldwide via VP Records’s Vpal Music.
He is currently promoting the single “Vatican” on the “Cyan Stop the Youth” rhythm from the forthcoming EP as his follow single to the #1 hit “Better Must Come” and “Cool Operator” from 2013.

More About Andrew Bees

With the reunion with his long time protegee, Record Producer Fitzroy Francis in January 2012, Andrew Bees recorded "Something Strange" on the "Mighty In Battle" Riddim project for Mightyful13 Records which went # 8 on the Foundation Radio Network/New York Top 30 Music chart.

In September 2012, Andrew Bees recorded his first tribute "Better Must Come" to the late Great Delroy Wilson which has given rise to a upsurge in Andrew Bees' presence on an international level as a solo vocalist. This song spread like wild fire receiving radio air play and charting in New York and South Florida. "Better Must Come" hit the #1 position on Clinton Lindsay's Foundation Radio Network/New York Top 30 Music Chart, and #4 on the South Florida's Top 25 Reggae Chart and #1 on various chart worldwide.

Andrew Bees's second tribute to Delroy Wilson, "Cool Operator" went #1 in England and was part of a collaborative album produced by Fitzroy Francis and his wife Empress Skortcher on the "Operator2013 Rhythm Velocity" for Mightyful13 Records. This Album included artists such as Zanadu, Bassie Dee, Little Hero, Shanti High, King Mellowman, Tabeta Cshae and a Dub mix by the late Phillip Smart. It is been distributed digitally worldwide by Mightyful13/VP Records (Vpal Dist).
Early Career

Andrew Bees started singing at the tender age of 14 yrs old. In 1986 he became a regular performer on the popular "Colgate Cavity Fighters Club" program on Radio Jamaica (R.J.R.). As he advanced his skills, he began singing around reggae all-star performers such as Augustus Pablo, Half Pint, Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, Locksley Castell,King Everald, and Wayne "Sleng Teng" Smith among others who would personally request the young Bees.

1989/1990, Andrew Bees recorded his first songs for Castro Brown's "New Name Music" productions, namely "Life In The Ghetto," "Struggle and Strive" and "Be Cool". His live performance career started in 1993 with Bees appearing on Bunny Wailer's 100 Artist "Ghetto Bash Concert" at the Jam World Entertainment Center in Jamaica.

In 1991, Bees and his childhood friend Fitzroy Francis collaborated in the recording and production of the single "Things A Gwan Things A Go Dun" which led the the production of Bees first solo studio album "Militant" was entirely produced by Fitzroy Francis for Music Lion Production Label later being released and distributed in 1995 by R.A.S Record in the United States and Sony Records in Japan.

In 1996, Andrew Bees first toured in Brazil as a guest vocalist for "Black Uhuru." In the following year, he officially became rooted as the lead vocalist for the group. Since then Andrew Bees has toured extensively with the group throughout Europe, North American, and South America.
As a member of the group, Andrew Bees recorded the album "Unification" in 1998 which was produced by the legendary King Jammys who also produced Black Uhuru's first studio album "Black Sounds of Freedom" in 1977.

In 2000, Andrew Bees recorded his second studio album "Dynasty" with the group,for the US based R.A.S. Records Label. In the same year, Black Uhuru toured Europe and the US with the Great "Sly and Robbie." Subsequently, in 2002 "Dubbing It Live" CD which featured live performances which was recorded at the Paléo Music Festival with Black Uhuru and "Sly and Robbie" was released.
As years passed, Andrew Bees decided to continue pursuing a solo career releasing his sophomore album "I-ration" produced by Guyana based Walter Fraser, released July 24, 2006 on the label Vizion Sounds which he toured extensively.
The musical mission keep on moving.


ANDREW BEES - OFFICIAL DISCOGRAPHY:

1) Andrew Bees - Discography: (Solo works)
Albums:
.1995 - Militant*
.2006 - I-Ration

Singles:
.1989 - Life In The Ghetto - [New Name Muzik]
.1989 - Struggle And Strive - [New Name Muzik]
.1990 - Be Cool - [New Name Muzik]
.1991 - Things A Gwan,Things A Go Down* - [Digital Kulcha]
.1993 - Concrete Jungle* - [Music Lion]
.1993 - Concrete Jungle/Freedom* (Andrew Bees ft Angie Angel) - [Music Lion]
.1993 - One Life*^^ - [Music Lion]
.1993 - Militant* - [Music Lion]
.1994 - Warning* - [Music Lion]
.1994 - Man Of No Conscience*^^ - [World Tour]
.1994 - Who No Love Jah - [Roots Operator Records]
.1994 - Bongo Nyahbinghi - [Roots Operator Records]
.1996 - Lullaby Love - [Roots Man Records]
.1996 - Higher Ground - [L.A.M.& Bees Music]
.2000 - System - [Andrew Bees]
.2001 - Money Friend/Rent Man (Tahair Mundell & Andrew Bees) - [Mun Rock]
.2005 - I-Ration - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2005 - I 'N' I Heard Your Songs (Andrew Bees & First Born) - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2005 - People Get Ready - Remix (Andrew Bees & Big Youth) - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2006 - Crazy For You - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2007 - Thanks And Praise - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2007 - Can't Stop The Youth - [Feed The Children]
.2007 - In The Party (First Born, Luciano & Andrew Bees) - [Vizion Sounds Records]
.2008 - Andrew Bees "Militant"/Don Camilo ‎"Rocky Road" - [Furybass Sound System]
.2012 - Something Strange* - (on the riddim "Mighty In Battle") - [Mightyful13/VP Records]
.2012 - Better Must Come* - (on the Riddim "Better Must Come") - [Mightyful13/VP Records]
.2013 - Cool Operator Remix* (Andrew Bees & Chyna Nicole) - [Mightyful13/VP Records]
.2015 - Vatican* - [Mightyful13/VP Records]

* Album & Singles produced by Fitzroy Francis of Mightyful13
^^ Song written by Fitzroy Francis of Mightyful13


2) Black Uhuru - Discography: (Andrew Bees' lead singer of the band from 1997 - Present)
Albums:
.1998 - Unification
.2001 - Dynasty
.2001 - Dubbin'it Live - (Live recorded on June 2001, at Paleo Festival with Sly & Robbie)


See Photos and Music Videos:

Andrew Bees - Discography:
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1) Andrew Bees - Discography: (Solo works)
Albums:

.1995 - Militant
(Original Press):
Editions:

Lp: "Militant" 1995 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Struggle And Strive. 2) Man Of No Conscience. 3) Life In The Ghetto. 4) Militant. 5) Live And Love Jah Jah. 6) What Is Life? Life Is to Live!. 7) Be Good. 8) Warning. 9) Time Get Dread. 10) Things A Gwan, Things A Go Dung.
[Label: Music Lion (Lp: 1995), Music Lion/Ras USA (Cd: 1995)]

Cd: "Militant" 1995 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Struggle And Strive. 2) Man Of No Conscience. 3) Life In The Ghetto. 4) Militant. 5) Live And Love Jah Jah. 6) What Is Life? Life Is to Live!. 7) Be Good. 8) One Life. 9) Warning. 10) Time Get Dread. 11) Ain't No Sunshine. 12) Things A Gwan, Things A Go Dung. 13) Concrete Jungle.
[Label: Music Lion/Ras (Cd: 1995), Music Lion/Ras USA (Cd: 1995), Sony Music/Japan (Cd: 1995)]

!!!
This album was entirely produced by Fitzroy Francis for Music Lion. The songs "Man Of No Conscience" & "One Life" were written by Fitzroy Francis
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.2006 - I-Ration
(Original Press):
"I-Ration" 2006 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) I-ration. 2) Wicked. 3) System. 4) Heathen. 5) Justice. 6) Call Upon Jah. 7) Crazy Over You. 8) Dread. 9) As I Rise. 10) Binghi Fire. 11) Brighten Up My Life. 12) Warning. 13) Strive. 14) Life In The Ghetto.
[Label: Vizion Sounds Records (Cd: 2006)(Digital Release: 2010)]

Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon

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New Singles:

.2012 - Better Must Come
[on the Riddim "Better Must Come (Tribute To Delroy Wilson)]
(Original Press):
Singer: Andrew Bees
Song: Better Must Come
Format: Digital Single
Label: Mightyful13 Records/VP Records

Buy Single on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon
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.2013 - Cool Operator Remix
(Original Press):
Singers: Andrew Bees & Chyna Nicole
Song: Cool Operator Remix
Format: Digital Single
Label: Mightyful13/VP Records

Buy Single on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon
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.2015 - Vatican
(Original Press):
Singers: Andrew Bees
Song: Vatican
Format: Digital Single
Label: Mightyful13/VP Records

Buy Single on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon

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2) Black Uhuru - Discography: (Andrew Bees' lead singer of the band from 1997 - Present)
Albums:

.1998 - Unification
(Original Press):
"Unification" 1998 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Here Comes Black Uhuru. 2) System. 3) Nyahbinghi Congo. 4) Look At Life. 5) Wicked Haffe Feel It. 6) Real Thing. 7) Can't Fight It. 8) Proselyte. 9) Hail Tafari. 10) Lullaby Love. 11) Babylon Fall (feat. John Paul). 12) Emperor Lion. 13) Binghi Fire (Beckford). 14) Two For One.
[Label: Five Star General (Cd: 1998)]
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.2001 - Dynasty
(Original Press):
"Dynasty" 2001 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Liberation 2000. 2) Mother Of Iration. 3) Stability. 4) Dread To Be Rasta. 5) Prophecy. 6) Bone Alone. 7) Proselyte. 8) Top Of The Pop*. 9) Psychopathic Drunkies. 10) Unfair Game. 11) Evil Spiritual Gangster*. 12) Gathering Time.
[Label: Ras (Cd: 2001)]

Songs written by Fitzroy Francis*
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.2001 - Dubbin'it Live
(Live recorded on June 2001, at Paleo Festival with Sly & Robbie)
(Original Press):
"Dubbin'it Live" 2001 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Party Next Door. 2) What Is Life. 3) Here Comes Black Uhuru. 4) I Love King Selassie. 5) Bull In The Pen. 6) World Is Africa. 7) Solidarity. 8) Sinsemilla. 9) Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
[Label: Tabou 1 (Cd: 2001)]

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ANDREW BEES - CONTACTS:
Facebook Fan Page
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For bookings and information please contact:
Fitzroy Francis
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Email: mightyful13@gmail.com
Email: Officialandrewbees@gmail.com

For press/media inquiries please contact:
Fitzroy Francis
Facebook - Twitter
Email: mightyful13@gmail.com
Email: Officialandrewbees@gmail.com


Andrew Bees "Better Must Come" - (Official Video)


Andrew Bees "Something Strange"


Andrew Bees "Lullaby Love"


Andrew Bees "Things a Gwan Things a Go Dun"


Andrew Bees "I-Ration" - (Official Video)


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In This Page.....Andrew Bees

Photos by Andrew Bees, Fitzroy Francis & Heather Vandemark

Biography by Andrew Bees

Discography by Marco Weststar
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Andrew Bees and Fitzroy Francis at High Times Records, Downtown Kingston, Jamaica in 1995
Andrew Bees and Fitzroy Francis at Waterhouse,Wailaz, Jamaica in 1995
Andrew Bees in Miami, Florida in 1995
Fitzroy Francis
Andrew Bees & Fitzroy Francis in 2016

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