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Tyrone Thompson, (born July 1, 1967) better known as Papa San, is a Jamaican reggae, dancehall and gospel singer.

Biography

Born in 1967 in Spanish Town, he was raised by his Rastafarian grandmother and began performing with sound systems (including Black Scorpio and Creation) in the late 1970s. He won the Tastee Talent contest in 1981. He went on to become one of the major dancehall artists of the late 1980s and 1990s, with hits such as "Maddy Maddy Cry". His brother and fellow deejay Dirtsman was murdered in 1993 in the three years that followed his sister was killed in a motorcycle accident, his cousin was killed by police, and he himself had legal problems after being arrested on weapons charges. He turned to Christianity in 1997. This is also reflected in his style, as he started off as a true dancehall deejay, later adopting traits of Gospel and Christian music. Papa San sponsors a concert known as Papa San and Friends, to raise funds for orphanages in rural Jamaica. Since becoming a Christian he has continued to produce his roots reggae sound, but with the message of Christ to the beat instead of his previously popular secular music. He has six children and lives in Weston, Florida with five of them and his wife, Debbie Thompson. In 2011, Papa San and his wife, having been ordained ministers of the Gospel, were launched into pastoral ministry and started Our Fathers Kingdom International Ministries. In 2013, Papa San featured on Church Clothes, Vol 2 by Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae, with Andy Mineo, on the song "The Fever". His album One Blood topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart in February 2014.

Discography

1986 Party Animal (Scar Face Music) 1986 Papa San Meets Anthony Redrose (Weed Beat) 1989 Style & Fashion (Pow Wow) 1989 System (Pow Wow) 1990 Reggae Dance Hall (Rohit) 1991 Fire Inna Dancehall (King Dragon) 1991 Strange (Pow Wow) 1992 Pray for Them (Sonic Sounds) 1992 Rough Cut (Pow Wow) 1993 In Action (Pow Wow) 1993 Pray Fi Dem (RAS) 1995 No Place Like Home (VP) 1996 Gi Mi Di Loving (Melodie) 1999 Victory (Interscope) 2003 God & I (Gospo Centric) 2005 Real and Personal (Gospocentric) 2008 Higher Heights (Beloved Records) unknown Three The Hard Way (World Enterprise) 2012 My Story (Beloved) 2014 One Blood

References

External links

Papa San at Allmusic

Albums & Songs

It's All About You Lord (feat. Papa San) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Nothing Without You (feat. Yani & Papa San) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Big God (feat. Papa San & Perpetual Sounds of Praise) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Cypher Challange (feat. Turhan, Fucius, Layna, Papa San, Fatus Fee, Warren Peace, Giordani, Joy Jaimes, Kaleo & Tonio) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Journey Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Victory Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
God & I Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Deal With It / Check off the List - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
God Love - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Love of Christmas (feat. Papa San) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Love of Christmas (Reggaeton Remix) [feat. Papá San] - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
One Blood Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Barry Gee - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Big & Bad - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Jubilee - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
My Story Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I Like You San Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Philistine (feat. Papa San) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Fatis Presents Xterminator feat. Pinchers & Papa San Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
No Place Like Home Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Higher Heights Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Ina the Ghettio - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Real & Personal Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes