Some former reggae stars are too charming for their own good. Major Mackerel’s moment may have gone the way of Sluggy’s, but he’s still out in East Flatbush, singing the wrong songs in the direction of the wrong women, reports the New York Post:
Major Mackerel, whose real name is Garfield Dixon, 41, suffered deep cuts on his hand and head in the 8 a.m. assault with the 2-foot-long blade.
Oscar Joseph, 37, flew into a rage at their building on East 91st Street in East Flatbush because he suspected Dixon — whose songs include “Fren Enemy” and “Pretty Looks Done” — of harassing his wife, witnesses said.
“I came out this morning, walked past him singing my song, and we had a little fight,” a bandaged Dixon said as he returned to his house yesterday.
Back in the ’80s of course, when Mackerel ruled the reggae world, 2-foot swords hadn’t yet entered the game. “It’s just a big surprise to me,” Dixon told the NYP, while still sporting his hospital gown. “I was just trying to not get stabbed.”
Reggae star vs. ‘Samurai’ [NYP]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 5, 2009