Lloyd Lovindeer is a Jamaican dancehall deejay from the 1980s, best known for his song "Wild Gilbert". This song humorously describes the experiences of Jamaica during 1988's Hurricane Gilbert and remains the island's biggest selling single with estimated sales of 200,000 copies.
Packing a pun-tangled catalogue, Lovindeer's 1988 single 'Wild Gilbert' have played as a constant reminder of the catastrophic hurricane that passed the island but interestingly and unconsciously the single has become the hurricane anthem of all seasons.
"It was a feel-good song in the midst of disaster. After you go through that and survive, you want to celebrate. It's not 'woe, woe'," Lovindeer explained to The Gleaner in a 2010 interview. "It was danceable and everybody could relate. It was fun for everybody. You find the man from uptown couldn't get ice either. The man from ghetto couldn't get no ice. Everybody was one at the time until the light come back and everybody go them separate ways."
Born in Kingston, Lloyd Lovindeer spent some of his childhood in Ewarton in St Catherine. He attended Kingston College. He started off his career in music as a member of the dancehall band The Fabulous Flames with friends. The group released their first single, “Holy Holy” in 1971. The group split up in the mid-1970s and Lovindeer began a solo career while living in Canada between 1976 and 1982.
Lovindeer returned to Jamaica and had hits in the 1980s with "Babylon Boops", "Don't Bend Down", and "Man Shortage". Before he released the song that made his career “Wild Gilbert”, the song also appeared on his album Why Don't We All Have Sex, which included another Gilbert-themed track, "Gilbert - One Hell of a Blow-Job", and the hurricane theme continued on his 1989 album “Gilbert Yu Gone”. He followed it with hits such as "Pocomonia Day", which along with the 1989 album “One Day Christian” triggered a spate of "Poco” style releases based on rhythms from Pukumina religious songs. His latest album, The Land of The One Love People, featuring contributions from Judy Mowatt, Kiprich, Singing Melody, Tarrus Riley, and Lady G, was released in September 2013.
Lloyd Lovindeer still continues to tour and perform all over the world.