Osbert Madoo

Osbert 'Madoo' Maddo (c.1959 - 11 October 2015), a.k.a Maddo, the Bionic Singer, Papa Madoo was brought up in East Kingston.


Osbert 'Madoo' Maddo (a.k.a Maddo, the Bionic Singer, Papa Madoo - he is not to be confused with his brother UU Madoo) was brought up in East Kingston. He went to the legendary Alpha Boys Primary School and then to Excelsior high school. As a youth, he and his brother UU Madoo used to listen to Sound Systems such as Sir Stanford (who shared the same tenement yard at Homestead Rd.), Sir Norman (that was across the gully), Arrows (from Dunkirk) and Phase 1. The sound Sir Stanford with who he used to sing initally transformed to Stylistics (Madoo's favourite singing group at the time) and a man called Danhai became the owner and DJ.

Madoo stated that he was singing all the time but only in public when under the pressure of friends in school or at home (from who he had a great encourage).

One evening, in 1977, his friends Michael and Scarley decided that they should stop by the sound Stereophonic to meet their friend Donovan who was working with the sound. While there Madoos friend Scarley dared the deejay Welton Irie to give Madoo the microphone. The singer then sung a few songs (such as Skylarking by Horace Andy - Madoos favourite singer and also the one he based his singing style on). He was then asked to perform the following weekend and he was soon a resident singer on the sound.

Welton later left the sound for Gemini Disco. It was the Madoo and Colonel Flux who covered the dances until General Echo joined. When General Echo joined the sound he and Madoo sparred together greatly and became a major attraction for the crowd.

Joe Gibbs who heard Madoo on some sound tapes decided he wanted to recorded the singer who claimed he was singing in a dancehall style, since his lyrics both could be chatted and sung. At Joe Gibbs he met Errol Thompson who was already familiar with the singer since Madoo had sung on a lot of amateur shows with the We The People Band who was the recording band. When at Gibbs the decided to record Madoo in the middle of a Dennis Brown session. He recorded the songs 'Jamming So', 'Joe Grine' and 'Landlord'.

At this time Madoos was singing for both Stereophonic and Virgo - the former a down town disco and the latter an up town. His brother, having the similar dancehall name UU Madoo, started to sing for Gemini.

In 1981 an album was released with several of Madoos singles on the D Music label. It was called Rock With Papa Madoo - according to Madoo this was a bootleg. In 1982 the album You Turn Me On was released for Tony Shabazz. In the mean time UU Madoo started to perform his brothers songs on live sessions.

In 1983 Madoo relocated to the USA.

-- Courtesy (Reggaepedia) --

Osbert Madoo

'80s singer Madoo is dead

SINGER Osbert 'Madoo' Maddo, who had big hits in the early 1980s with Jamming So and Coming From Town, died Sunday, 11 October 2015, in the United States.

His brother, singer Hugh 'UU' Maddo, said he died at age 56 at his home in Bangor, Maine.

He did not give a cause of death but said Madoo had a history of heart problems.

Born in Dalvey, St Thomas, Maddo attended Excelsior High School and cut his musical teeth on East Kingston sound systems like Arrows International and Stereophonic.

He eventually recorded Jamming So and Coming From Town for producers Joe Gibbs and Winston Riley, respectively.

Maddo, who migrated to the United States in 1982, also had hits with Joe Grine and Landlord.

Osbert 'Madoo' Maddo is survived by his wife Janet, three children, two grandchildren, five brothers and five sisters.

-- Courtesy (Howard Campbell, Jamaica Observer) --