Born in Riversdale, St. Catherine, Jamaica on October 18, 1971
to Stephanie and Richard Hall, he was the fifth child of eight
siblings. The roles were later transformed as the older brothers
left and he took on the job of rearing three other young siblings.
The Hall home was somewhat of a semi-farm because they kept
goats and chickens. It became the job of Michael to take care
of them before heading off to school in the mornings.
At age six he attended the Jericho All-Age School. He was always
neat and clean and carried an attache case which gained him the
nickname Doctor Hall. The nickname was abandoned soon after his
attache case was thrown in the toilet.
Fortunately for Michael his father acquired a house in Ensom
City, Spanish Town, St. Catherine. The family moved and Hall
started a new school. At age fifteen he stared to attend dances
a practice for which he was constantly whipped by his mother
but to no avail as despite the whipping he continued to attend
and developed a deep and pressing desire to become a D.J.
Michael's first opportunity came when he started to D.J. on
his neighbours Wille and Joe's sound system. His D.J. abilities
earned him the nickname Little Stitch since around this time
the top D.J.s were Stitchie, Tiger and Papa San. Micheal wanted
a sense of uniqueness renamed himself Leopard.
Leopoard wanted more out of the music business started to go
into Kingston. He make a link with Black Scorpio and Bobby Digital
and recorded his first song, "Woman Have The Body".
From there, Leopard recorded a multiplicity of songs and dub
plates for Stone
Love, City Rock, Amplex and many more. Ironically his manager
Ras Pab died in 2001. It was a big loss for Leopard.
He started working with Chris Dare but unfortunately he had
to go to war as he was a solider in the US Army. He found another
manager Caroline whom he is working with at present.
Leopard is doing a lot of shows on the local scenes. His list
of shows worked on includes Sting and Killer Attack. What he
hopes for his career is to start working internationally.
Leopard has been collaborating with many artists and at present
is working with Lutan Fire. When he is not in the studio, he
is fathering his three sons.
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of reggae music
Much of this reggae "history" is included in the
notes for Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 and to
today's reggae music.
THE GOLDEN ERA
Alongside the tiny manufacturing industry, there were
open-air deejays known as sound systems. A cliff
face of speaker boxes, each big enough to raise a family
in, powered by amplification of intercontinental capability."
There was life-and-death competition among the system operators
source the rarest American R&B and the best technology.