Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

June 14, 2011

Craig Parks and Lloyd Parks


Child: Craig “Leftside” Parks
Why You Know Him:
First coming to prominence as one-half of the duo Leftside & Esco, Parks is one of dancehall’s most colorful and entertaining personalities. A comedian just as much as an artist and a producer, he’s almost as well known as “Dr. Evil,” an alter ego inspired by the Austin Powers character.
Father: Lloyd Parks
Why You Should Know Him:
A vocalist and bassist, Parks has been a member, and leader, of some of Jamaica’s most famed bands including the Professionals, the Revolutionaries and the long-running We the People Band, which gave a young Leftside his start (as a drummer). As a solo act, Parks’ own material has often celebrated working class life, as on the under-rated, hard-hitting “We’ll Get Over It.” (below)