Orville “Bagga” Case is a Jamaican musician, singer, writer, and graphic artist.
Orville ‘Bagga’ Case came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the Jamaican vocal harmony group ‘Home T-4′, a name that was later shortened to simply ‘Home T’.
During the 1980s and 1990s he also lent his vocal talents to releases by other artists including working with Dennis Brown , Jimmy Riley, and Gregory Isaacs, as well as picking up a number of production a and writing credits to his name
Despite his contribution to reggae as a musician, it is probably his album artwork and graphic design that will remain his most visible legacy. Orville ‘Bagga’ Case was a prolific illustrator and designer and, much like Wilfred Limonious, he was responsible for over 150 album covers and artwork primarily from the late 70s all the way through to the early 1990s, with the odd album sleeve credit popping up in the 200s to the present day.
Orville ‘Bagga’ Case had a range of styles that was not unlike those of Limonious, and he is famous for his colorful hand-drawn cartoon album covers for many 80s Dancehall albums and Dancehall compilations. As well as his cartoon covers, Orville ‘Bagga’ Case also created many more serious and considered drawings for a number of roots reggae releases and he is responsible for some memorable covers for artists like Pablo Moses, Israel Vibration, Tommy McCook, Eric Donaldson, and many more.
Wilfred Limonious tends to get more of the attention these days, but Orville ‘Bagga’ Case is equally as important in setting the visual signature of Dancehall as it emerged in the 80s, and he did as much as Limonious in capturing the vibrancy and energy of music, whilst documenting many of the crazy characters and stories in Dancehall.
Check out a collection of album sleeves and artwork by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case below: