Cyclone - Reggae Artist
Len Cylone, born Lenworth Murphy, is a reggae artist from Jamaica, currently based in London and signed to Digitx Records. He performed under several stage names such as Hardy Murphy, Nigger Murphy and MC Len-i before he became Cyclone.
Cyclone's introduction to music began at the age of 14 when he attended Happy Grove High school in the parish of Portland, where he learned to play the trumpet and the flute till he became a member of the school band. His time as a band member lasted only a year because he moved to Kingston where he attended Camperdown High School which did not have a band. He however continued his interest in music, and became drawn to the microphone after listening to General Echo and Madoo on Stereophonic sound system. He later started performing on local sound systems in the community and was encouraged by the positive reaction to his lyrics
His first break came when he was performing at a house party in St Thomas, where he was spotted by the owner of Studio 4 sound system. He was invited to perform at a dance for the first time. This earned him a permanent position and he became a regular performer in the daccehall. He attracted the attention of other sound systems and was appearing at dances and shows throughout St. Thomas. Though he was doing so many performances, he wasn't getting paid for his services as he was still seen as a small upcoming artist. He later met the selector of Aces International, which was one of the leading sound systems in Jamaica at the time, he was invited to perform at their headquarters in Port Morant where he met Yellowman for the first time. This opened many doors and he started in performing throughout Jamaica with many top name artists such as Welton Irie, Peter Metro, Shabba Ranks and much more. He entered the national singers and deejay contest 1983 where he came second runner up.
He did his first recording in 1985, titled Farmer which was released and distributed on Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label. He went on to do several recordings on J&J Record label, the first two, Bandoolo Phone and Pastor Then Lie were banned from radio play for being too controversial. It was while at J&J he met Junior Dixon for whom he recorded Pardner Draw on Hot Lava record label, this earned him his first UK tour with Beenie Man, Little Kirk, Vegas and Snagga Puss.
In London he teamed up with the Gunsmoke Crew and recorded several singles for HiGrade Music. The crew separated and he met Daniel Boon, a veteran singer and old friend from Jamaica. They formed R2P and recorded She Needs My Love and Playground which became European hits. Daniel Boon decided to retire from singing and Cyclone continues on his solo path, releasing his album Unleashed and a number of singles and collaborations with Poland's top rap star Domalak.