WHILE attending Kingston College in the early 1980’s, Fitzroy Francis got acquainted with the growing music scene in his Waterhouse community.
A protege of Black Uhuru founder Duckie Simpson, Francis learned the ropes working with that group and Junior Reid, another Waterhouse talent.
Five years ago, Francis launched Mightyful13 Records in New York City. The label had its best year in 2016 with two number one songs — Hugh English’s Hey Jude and Kween Of The Morning Star by Jesse Jendah. “I would describe it as a very successful year for Mightyful13 Records especially as a producer and manager for singer Hugh English and Jesse Jendah.
It’s always a great feeling as an independent label to achieve two number one songs because it demonstrates the discipline and commitment required to achieve your goals,” Francis told the Jamaica Observer. Hey Jude and Kween Of The Morning Star topped Foundation Radio Network chart out of New York.
Francis, 49, has toured with Black Uhuru and knows how critical it is for small companies promoting reggae, like Mightyful13, to follow through and be competitive.
“The plan for 2017 is already in progress as I am in the studio working on new releases by Andrew Bees and Hugh English. We are also looking forward to promoting a follow-up single by Jesse Jendah,” he said.