Sugar Belly a.k.a. Wilfred Walker, is a unique figure in the Jamaican music scene – he is a self-taught musician who played Mento and Reggae music with a home-made saxophone that he made himself made from bamboo, bits of cardboard, and various other ‘found materials.
This album was released in 1985 on Techniques Records and sees Sugar Belly playing a hybrid of Mento and Reggae, with the backing of a full band.
Despite having a long career playing in the bars and hotels of Jamaica and the surrounding islands, Sugar Belly only recorded two full length albums (but he did rack up fifteen singles on various labels).
The album sleeve here is actually by Wilfred Limonious and probably goes down as one of the more obscure releases that Limonious created album artwork for.
Check out the fascinating clip from a Canadian documentary called ‘The Music of Man’ that was aired in 1979 and featured a short section on Sugar Belly and his home-made bamboo saxophone:
Peel Head John Crow
Miss Mary Ann
Pain A Back
Fire In Mi Wire
Listen to by ‘Pain A Back’ by Sugar Belly