Nora Dean

Nora Dean

Also known as Dean, N. Dean, Nora, Norah Dean, Noria Dean
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.noradean.com/

Discography of Nora Dean:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Scorpion 2 Audio 1976 Attack
2 Tom Drunk / Angie La La 2 Audio Treasure Isle
3 Butterfly / Fly Version 2 Audio 1972 Tropical Records (3)
4 Barbwire / Calypso Mama 2 Audio 1970 Trojan Records
5 Play Me A Love Song 10 Audio 1981 Nationwide
6 Let Me Tell You Something 2 Audio 1978 Nationwide
7 Rule The Nation / Ay Ay Ay Ay 2 Audio 1970 Duke Reid
8 This Station Rule The Nation / Angle- Lala 2 Audio 1969 Treasure Isle
9 Look Over Your Shoulder / The Kiss 2 Audio 1970 Jackpot (2)
10 Album Of My Life 2 Audio 1978 Sunpower Records
11 Mama / Natty In Hong Kong 2 Audio 2011 Trojan Records
12 The Same Woman 2 Audio Question (2)
13 I Shall Be Free / Love And Power To The People 2 Audio Sir Derricks
14 Barb Wire / Electric Wire 2 Audio High Note
15 Mama / Man A Walk And Talk 2 Audio 1973 Bread
16 Barbwire / Calypso Mama 2 Audio 1970 Barons Label
17 Barbwire / Calypso Mama 2 Audio 1970 Barons Label
18 Never Trust Guardie Again / Dub The Guardie 2 Audio 1975 Total Sounds
19 Want Man / Man 4 Audio 1970 Randy's
20 The Same Thing You Gave To Daddy / A Testimony 4 Audio 1969 Upsetter (2)
21 Let Me Tell You Boy 2 Audio Moodisc Records
22 Must Get A Man 4 Audio Gay Feet
23 Man Walk & Talk 2 Audio 1973 Black Beard
24 Love Of A Boy / Ahmad-Jamal 4 Audio Chappy
25 This Station Rule The Nation / Angle-Lala 2 Audio Duke Reid Greatest Hits


Nora Dean was born in 1952. She grew up in the Parish of St. Catherine, Spanishtown.

Singer Nora Dean is one of reggae’s greatest mysteries. She recorded solo, as well as a member of The Ebony Sisters, The Soul Sisters and The Soulettes. She did backing vocals on recordings by [a=Jimmy Cliff]. Although she was not a prolific artist (especially by reggae standards), a number of her songs are very fondly remembered by fans of Jamaican music as true reggae classics. No interviews with her have ever been published. Photos seemed to be non-existent.

In “Barbwire”, her most famous song she plays babyishly naïve about a man’s advances. It is set to the classic [a=Techniques, The] "You Don't Care" riddim. She once remembered that she worked four hours voicing the track, though in the end, they went back to the first take. She was paid 30 pounds over 9 months for this song, that has sold at least 13 million copies worldwide. This is a situation that is known all too well by Jamaican recording artists.

In “Mojo Girl”, she is serenely in full control. She lays down the law to her man, threatening him with black magic reprisals. In “Wreck A Buddy”, she is in desperate carnal need, with explicit lyrics to the melody of “Little Drummer Boy”. In “The Same Thing You Gave To Daddy”, she is in a battle of wills with her little boy, who won't go to sleep until he gets what Nora gave his daddy the night before. “Oh, no, no, no”, indeed! And in “Ay Ay Ay”, the music is deconstructed from reggae to a drone. Narrative is abandoned in favor of free association, and words become invocations that are supplemented with kisses, bird cries and groans of pure ecstasy. In some cases, as a young girl she was pressured by producers to act outside of her character. (She was only about 15 when she started recording.) And at least one scandalous song, a cover of the mento song Night Food, Nora insists she did not record. She is upset that her name was affixed to a song she finds so repugnant.

Nora Dean moved to New York city in 1976 and married to man also of Jamaican origin. She joined the Times Square Church, where she sang in the choir. A serious and protracted illness lead her to realize the power of prayer, and she was born again in 1981. She released a few gospel cd's, some solo, some with choir. Nora currently lives in NYC with her family. She performs live at a gospel show with other former secular reggae stars, such as [a=Hopeton Lewis] and [a=Owen Gray].


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