Dr Alimantado Born For A Purpose

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Doctor Alimantado was born James Winston Thompson in Kingston 1952. He grew up in the ghetto of the city's west side, an area notorious for its poverty and violence. In his early teens Winston became interested in the Rastafarian faith, grew locks and ran away from home but was soon re-captured by his parents who lost no time in trimming his dread. On leaving school and drifting between jobs he soon realized that music was a good escape from the dead end of life in Kingston. A Hit Bound release JA, Doctor Alimantado, (Alimantado meaning 'nourishment') recorded under many names before settling on the sobriquet Doctor Alimantado. He also created his own label Vital, with other imprints between 1973 and 1976 like: Vital Food, Ital Food, Ital Sounds, New and August. This song was written after a series of episodes that led the Doctor to reflect deeply on his, and others, existence: He tells of how he had nearly drowned while swimming one day in the ocean, and while walking back to his yard was nearly run down by a bus, the driver of which, he claims, was deliberately trying to run him over because of his dreadlocks. It was while recovering in hospital that the words of this song came to him, and recorded by Jo Jo Hookim at his Channel One studio for free as a way of helping out the unfortunate Dr. pay for his medical costs.


Dr Alimantado Born For A Purpose
Birth nameWinston Thompson
Also known asThe Ital Surgeon
Born1952 (age 67–68)
Kingston, Jamaica
InstrumentsVocalist and Producer

Dr Alimantado (born Winston James Thompson; 1952 in Kingston), also known as The Ital Surgeon, is a Jamaicanreggae singer, DJ, and producer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Thompson adopted the Rastafarian faith at an early age.[1] He honed his talents on local sound systems such as Coxsone Dodd's Downbeat and Lord Tippertone, and started to record very young under various names (Winston Price, Winston Cool, Ital Winston, or Youth Winston).[1] His first recordings were for Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bunny Lee - 'Place Called Africa Version 3' and 'Maccabee Version'. He returned to Lee 'Scratch' Perry in 1976, recording the DJ portion of Devon Irons' 12' 'Ketch Vampire'. Between 1971 and 1977 his singles were unreleased outside Jamaica, only being available in the UK on import. He built his reputation with tunes such as 'Oil Crisis' (versioning Horace Andy's 'Ain't No Sunshine'), 'Sons of Thunder', (toasting over Jackie Brown's 'Wiser Dread'), 'Gimme Mi Gun' on Gregory Isaacs' 'Thief a Man' and 'Poison Flour', on a recut of The Paragons 'Man Next Door' rhythm. He mainly met success in the mid to late 1970s, with his best-known album being Best Dressed Chicken in Town (1978), a Greensleeves Records collection of tracks recorded in the mid-70s, featuring Alimantado toasting over singers such as John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Jackie Edwards and Horace Andy. His tunes mixed his Rastafari movement beliefs with commentary on events then going on in his community; 'Poison Flour' referenced a January 1976 incident when 79 persons in Jamaica were acutely poisoned by consuming flour contaminated by leakage of the insecticide parathion in a ship's hold. Seventeen died.

Alimantado became popular with punk rockers in the 1970s following Johnny Rotten praising him in an interview.[2] He was mentioned in the 1979 song 'Rudie Can't Fail' by The Clash in the line 'Like the doctor who was born for a purpose'.[1]The artist recorded 'Born for a Purpose' in 1977 at Channel One, one of Alimantado's biggest hits (along with 'A Place Called Africa'). 'Born for a Purpose' was originally released on his Vital Food label, and told of his Rastafarian faith supporting him after bus driver had driven into him in Kingston on 26 December 1976, causing serious injuries.[1] The musicians who played on the record did so without payment. The single, and its accompanying version 'Still Alive' were released in the UK firstly as two 7' 45s, then as a 12', featuring the full extended mixes. By 1977 he had largely abandoned his toasting style, apart from occasional records such as 'Go Deh Natty Go Deh' on a heavily dubbed mix of Delroy Wilson's 'Trying to Conquer Me', preferring to release singing tunes, including 'Mama (I Thank You)', 'Jah Love Forever', and a cover of Billy Stewart's 'Sitting in the Park'.

Following the success of Best Dressed Chicken and its follow-up compilation Sons of Thunder he signed to Virgin Records as a singer. While not without vocal talent, his singing records never captured the public imagination to the extent that his 'toasting' records did.

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His last recording appears to be 'Stop Your Fighting' for the Mad Professor's Ariwa label, on a Channel One Studios remake of Horace Andy's 'Fever' rhythm. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.

The film Hancock featured the song 'Best Dressed Chicken in Town'.

2009 marked the 30th anniversary of his album Best Dressed Chicken in Town. To mark the occasion Alimantado re-released the album in its original sleeves with a bonus DVD on his own Keyman Records label.


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  1. ^ abcdeMoskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN0-313-33158-8, p. 295-6
  2. ^Cook, Stephen 'Best Dressed Chicken in Town Review', Allmusic, retrieved 2010-01-23

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