This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
Eek-A-Mouse has been at the forefront of the Jamaican
music scene ever since his 1981 breakthrough hit, "Wa Do
Dem." Hailing from the "trenchtown" area of Kingston, this
tall, lanky singer is one of his country's most creative,
talented and humorous performers. Although it's been almost
one year since he last brought his unique style to town,
tonight at the Links Club the "Mouse" is back!
In a recent phone interview before leaving for a show
in Canada, Eek-A-Mouse (born Ripton Hylton) rambled on as
only he can, discussing things in his almost indecipherable
"Been tourin' a lot, mon - played in Europe for awhile
and now I'm back in the States. Back to conquer. Been goin'
from coast to coast, people linin' up to see the 'Mouse.' Ya
know, EVERYONE wants to see the 'Mouse,' heh, heh, heh."
Anyone who has seen this eccentric performer in concert
knows that he's one of the most charismatic singers around.
He continually involves the crowd while gracefully moving
about the stage. Even though this prankster is hilarious,
he's still a true professional, always singing top-notch
reggae ("and the band, ya know, they're some of the meanest
guys around. Play some wicked reggae, mon.")
"Mouse" is the originator of the "sing-jay" style of
reggae (singing and dee-jaying) and he also does some
outrageous things with his voice - things that words cannot
even begin to describe.
"Eek-A-Mouse plays a unique style, ya know? Vocal
sounds - a different kind of sound. Real unique voice, ya
know? I'm the mon that does the 'bom bom bidlly bong biddly
"Can't wait to play your town, mon. I love the fans.
All those Micky and Minnie Mouses out there, they love the
"I want all the people in St. Louie to come see me 'cos
I'm the tallest Mouse in the world at 6 feet 6 inches, mon.
I'm gonna squeak all night. Ha ha ha..."
The "Mouse" is undoubtedly quite a character, yet is an
even better performer. Get ready to hear some of his
classics ("I'll be playing "Ganja Smuggling,"
"Assassinator," "Get Away," and some new stuff like "Dip 'im"
[his new single]).
Whatever the song selection, make sure you don't miss
this bona fide reggae star in concert. Eek-A-Mouse will most
surely put on a performance that won't soon be forgotten.
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