September 26, 2022

25 years of L.U.S.T.

article reposted by Chelsea


JAMAICA’S reggae quartet L.U.S.T. is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and to mark the milestone the group is preparing to launch its ‘Silver Anniversary Tour’.

Lukie D, who is credited with being the brainchild for the group, said the family vibe has kept the group together through the years.

“We are a family; we have known each other for a long time. The family thing has kept us together, and of course we put our egos aside. This, along with the respect for each other and the great musical talent within the group is the secret behind our longevity. Jamaica needs us. There are no great singing groups around so we as L.U.S.T. plan to keep this forever,” said Lukie D.

Launched in 1997, the group comprises singers Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis — who all have individual solo careers.

According to a release, the tour is set to target music lovers in Canada, United States, Europe, Jamaica and the Caribbean. No exact dates were given.

L.U.S.T., which stands for Love, Understanding, Sensitivity and Trust, came to prominence after the members performed at the MIDEM 97 festival in France. That year, the group scored a number one hit on the local charts with Sweetness of Your Love, produced by Bankeylous Productions.

In 1998 L.U.S.T. set a record when they won five awards at the Jamaica Music Industry Awards, including Best New Artiste, Best Live Performance (Group) and Best Vocal Performance (Group). The group also took home two Binns Music Awards.

In 2019 L.U.S.T. was on stage again at arguably the most anticipated show in years, the Buju Banton ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ concert at the National Stadium in Kingston, and again in Queens Savannah Park, Trinidad. That same year, the group came together at the famous Big Yard Studios and performed a nearly one-hour freestyle set for BBC Radio 1xtra. This was an iconic moment and solidified its place among the elites in reggae music.

The group’s hit songs include You’re the Inspiration, Sweetness of Your Love, Smile and Africa.

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