In 1970s Jamaica, most reggae fans were into hardcore Rasta songs by acts like Bob Marley and Burning Spear. Carl Malcolm provided a respite with easy-listening songs such as "No Jestering".
Based in Washington DC since 1977, the dreadlocked singer still keeps the beat. One of his latest songs is "Deeper Pocket", produced by Willie Lindo.
"I keep recording songs because music is my life. It is also a hobby that gives me a purpose," said Malcolm.
"Deeper Pocket" is Malcolm's latest collaboration with Lindo, a veteran session guitarist who has produced big hit songs by Beres Hammond ("What One Dance Can Do") and Dennis Brown ("Love Has Found its Way").
The song is about women who are attracted to men with a lot of money. It maintains Malcolm's reputation for blending serious topics with humor.
"Deep down, I am part comedian and try to make my songs from topics that make people smile. 'Deeper Pocket' is just an everyday reality. Women always want a man that can at least provide her with some kind of financial support.
Doesn't matter how much she loves him, she still needs more than love at the end of the day," he explained.
Malcolm is from St. Elizabeth parish, a farming region in southern Jamaica. He made Jamaican charts in the 1970s with rib-tickling singles like "No Jestering", "Miss Wire Waist" and "Fattie Bum Bum".
The latter, about ladies of ample proportions, made the British national chart in 1976.
Since moving to the United States capital, Malcolm has recorded countless singles and performed on major live events.
Written By Howard Campbell