Ijahman Levi (Trevor Sutherland)(1946-), Reggae singer and songwriter
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Jamaican-born Trevor Sutherland, emmigrated to Britain with his family when he was 17. Tutored by musician and vocal teacher Joe Higgs, he released his first two singles in 1966 and 1969 under the name of The Youth. He changed his name to Ijahman Levi after a religious conversion to the Rastafari movement when he was in prison (1972-1974). His following work was greatly influenced by his conversion and concerned with spreading the message of Rastafarianism. His most successful composition was JAH Heavy Load (1976) from his first album Haile Hymn (1978). Levi released I Do, a duet he recorded with his second wife, Madge (1985), the song reached number one on the British reggae charts.
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