Admiral Tibet has had a lengthy career which stretches back to the early days of digital reggae. Tunes such as ‘Babylon War’ and Serious Time’ feature his warm delivery and socially conscious content and have earned him a spot alongside veteran singers from the deejay era, such as Cocoa Tea and Tony Rebel. Although he has not had the commercial impact of some of his peers, his impact as a foundation vocalist continues to be recognised.

With ‘Leave People Business Alone’, Tibet has a clear message for any nosy meddlers out there – “Leave people business and mind your own”.

Aside from his smooth and joyful vocal style, there is something distinctly catchy about Tibet’s chorus, which gives it great sing-along appeal. Perhaps this is due to the fact that we have all experienced nosy people from time to time and can relate to the trouble caused when folks get into the business of others. “You’re in my way !” he sings, “like a rolling stone, like sticks and stones, cannot break your bones”. Simple and direct, Tibet concisely points out that such negativity from others won’t distract him.

This cut comes to us on the lively ‘Things and Times’ riddim. It is possibly a less well-known tune compared to other cuts such as Beres Hammond’s ‘Can You Play Some More’ or Buju Banton’s ‘Rebel In Disguise’, which have raised the riddim to such enduring status.

This inspiring and uplifting single is from the LP of the same name and remains a mainstay in many digital roots sets, partially due to the enduring quality of the riddim. The LP features stellar production credits courtesy of 80s digital reggae luminaries, Sly and Robbie, Steelie and Cleevie, Dean Fraser and Winston Riley, and is well worth checking out.

Tibet has a long list of LP releases, singles and duet appearances, releasing his first, Come Into The Light, with King Jammy in 1986. He has continued through into the 00s with releases from a variety of labels including RAS Records, VP, Heartbeat and Digital B.

More info:
Leave People Business LP on Discogs
Jamaica Gleaner 2008 interview with Admiral Tibet

Winston Spliff