Fitzroy Albert Cotterell, was born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica and raised in St. Mary. He built up a reputation by performing on local sound systems throughout the 1980s, under various names including Junior Ranking, before starting his recording career in the late 1980s.
He was given the name Prezident Brown by producer and sound system operator Jack Ruby, who made him the resident deejay on his Hi-Power sound system. Early singles included “Tears” (with Jack Radics) and “Everything is Right” (as Professor Frisky). His lyrics concentrate on “cultural” themes. He broke through to a wider audience with performances in 1995 at the Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash festivals. He recorded the anti-drugs song “Blow Your Nose” with Everton Blender, and “Wrong or Right”, which received international daytime radio play. He was also featured on “Black and Proud” on the Steel Pulse album Rage and Fury. He collaborated with Anthony Red Rose and Anthony Malvo on “Red Alert”, which topped the Jamaican singles chart, and his continuing success saw him sign to Chris Blackwell’s Island Jamaica label, although an album recorded for the label was never released.
He toured the United States in 2002, playing 46 shows including an appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and toured the US again in 2009.
The birth of I-cient-cy mau
While attending Excelsior High school as a child, he read about the Mau Mau movement, Kenya’s militant resistance against British colonial rule that began in 1946 and ended in 1961 with many Mau Mau Warriors losing their lives. His connection to their plight made him realize he would someday draw upon their strength and inspiration, putting it into his music. Thus, giving birth to the name of his band “I-cient-cy Mau and the Mau Mau Warriors”
I-cient-cy, cultivated the Mau Mau sound and set out to gather and organize the Mau Mau Warriors. Jermaine “gadget” Reid (rhythm guitar, vocalist) grew up in I-cient-cy’s hands musically. Gadget introduced I-cient-cy to Jermaine “songo” Wilson, a drummer that was attending the Edna Manley school of performing arts. Songo introduced both his cousins, Damion Benjamin who plays bass guitar, and Jeffery Graham who plays keyboards. Ricardo “St. Patrick” Lawrence, a long time friend of I-cient-cy, joined the warriors as the percussionist. I-cient-cy met Nina Karl, a vocalist, many years ago, and, in anticipation of the need of her signature sound to accompany the warriors, encouraged her to strive to perfect her sound. During the warrior’s first rehearsal, I-cient-cy knew “these are Mau Mau Warriors of this time”.
Icientcy Mau is the frequent voice throughout the series, He is first heard on episode 4, The Rise of the Djs.