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The return of Macka Ruffin

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Singer David 'Macka Ruffin' McAnuff was in the island recently to record songs for a new album which will be released in Jamaica and Japan, where he has lived for more than 20 years.

"It was important for me to come here and record, yuh nuh. There's nothing better than doing reggae a yard," McAnuff said.

The 'techno-ish' Girls Love to Dance is slated to be the first track released from Macka Ruffin's upcoming album, Dear Jah.

The Manchester-born Macka Ruffin is the younger brother of Winston 'Electric Dread' McAnuff who first made waves locally in the 1970s. The older sibling has a strong following throughout Europe and Japan.

David McAnuff followed his brother's path into the music business. In the 1980s, he worked as a drummer on the north coast hotel circuit and with the Black Kush show band. When that unit finished a Japanese tour in 1989, he stayed on and has lived there since.

Macka Ruffin has done five albums, the last being 2007's Why. He operates a recording studio in Tokyo where he produces Jamaican and Japanese reggae acts and works with the Jamaican Embassy there on charity events.

The dreadlocked artiste says things changed for him in the land of samurai and geishas.

"When I first got to Japan, things were so mystic I decided to stay," he said.