Edson Mitchell, more commonly known as Ajamu was brought up by caring and hardworking parents who loved music. This was passion for music was passed onto Ajamu who learned music theory and taught himself to play the guitar, keyboard and drums. Ajamu also studied recording engineering and musical production at the Audio Institute of America in San Francisco.
With all this interest and natural musical talents, Ajamu was destined for greatness. He began his musical career as a Reggae artist, however having spent a year in Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, he soon began singing Calypso. Before long Ajamu had made his mark as a Calypso singer. He was dubbed ‘King Ajamu’ by the Calypso scene and even had the King and Queen of Calypso, Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose, singing his praises.
Ajamu won his first Calypso Monarch title in 1987 and went on to win it an unprecedented 6 more times (some sources claim as many as 9 titles in total!) He has also won the Soca Monarch and Road March titles in Grenada. In 1997 Ajamu was awarded ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ at the Sunshine Awards in New York, surpassing other Calypso stars such as Trinidad’s David Rudder and Edwin Yearwood from Barbados. A year later, Ajamu became the first Calypsonian from Grenada to be honoured with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. Joining the elite group of only three Calypsonians to have received this title.
It is undisputed that Ajamu has firmly placed himself amongst the Calypso greats. He has toured the globe including the Caribbean, the US, Canada and Europe, performing to sold out audiences. Ajamu is extremely well known within the Reggae genre as well. He released his first Reggae CD ‘Jah is My King’, which was followed by his eagerly anticipated single, ‘Living Water’ in 2005. As well as being an artist, Ajamu is also the owner of the ‘Top-Level’ Recording Studio in Virgina, Boston. He has written arranged and produced for a number of top artists including, Sugar Aloes, Baron, Tallpree, Val Adams and Inspector.
Featured regularly in the Billboard Magazine for his services to the Calypso art form, Ajamu has managed to remain a true gentleman with a down-to-earth nature. He is a serious professional and his musical content has an uplifting and empowering theme. He spreads a truthful and positive message, capturing reality but also the dreams of a better life. Very few entertainers can match his ability to write and compose and arrange music with such deep and inspiring content. Ajamu has made at least 21 albums and has many 12” releases. His name, ‘Ajamu’, chosen well, originating from Africa, meaning a man who fights for what he wants. King Ajamu, we at Caribbean1st applaud and pay homage to you, a true ambassador for Grenada and the Caribbean as a whole. Caribbean1st absolutely salutes you.