King Sporty Wiki – King Sporty Biography
King Sporty, was a Jamaican DJ, reggae musician, and record producer for the Tashamba and Konduko labels. He is best known for co-writing the song, “Buffalo Soldier”, made famous by Bob Marley.
He was born in Portland, Jamaica, in his early days, Sporty rose to become a studio sideman under Clement Dodd’s tutelage at Studio One, and recorded for Dodd as a deejay as well as deejaying on Dodd’s sound system. In 1965 he released the track “El Cid”, credited to King Sporty and Justin Yap.
In the early 1970s, he moved to Miami, Florida, and began producing music there under his Tashamba and Konduko labels. In 1977 Sporty released an album, Mr. Rhythm on his own Konduko label. He evolved from reggae to funk to disco to electro to Miami bass between the 1970s and 1980s. Sporty found lasting hits in the electro-funk canon with Connie Case’s “Get on Down” and “Haven’t Been Funked Enough”, under his Ex Tras moniker when he made licensing deals with Tommy Boy Records in 1982. His original version of “Buffalo Soldier” was released in the late 1970s. Marley first recorded the song in Miami towards the end of the Kaya tour in 1978.
He released the track “Computer Age” in 1992 under the name Sporty and the Laptop.
King Sporty Age
King Sporty was 71 years old when he has died. He was born on September 19, 1943, in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He died on January 5, 2015, in Miami, Florida, United States. However, his wife Betty Wright died on May 10, 2020.
Betty Wright and King Sporty
Sporty was married to the American soul and rhythm and blues singer, Betty Wright. Wright told the Sun-Sentinel about her marriage and divorces in 1986 saying, “I only intended to be married one time. But marriages are made, they don’t just happen. It takes two. Compassion, not passion, keeps a marriage together. You can’t stay in bed all day.”
Betty Wright Cause of Death
She died on May 10, 2020, at the age of 66, the singer’s niece confirmed to Heavy. Wright’s cause of death has not been made public. On her official profile on Universal Music’s website, it’s written that Wright “influenced a generation of female singer-songwriters and continues to influence the world of hip hop.” Wright operated her own record label, Mrs. B Records, and her own publishing company, Miami Spice.
Wright’s death comes a week after singer Chaka Khan had asked fans to pray for the Florida legend’s health. Khan tweeted, “Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays. “Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be.” In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty. All My Love Chaka.”
A March 2020 feature on Wright’s music in People Magazine saw Chaka Khan being referred to as a “dear friend” of Wright’s.