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Prophet Benjamin (born Devon Samuel, c.1978) is a reggae singer. [1] He was born in the rural village of Newlands in Point Fortin Trinidad, West Indies. [1]

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"Pretty Boy", his maiden recording, was number one in Trinidad's Genesis Countdown for 5 weeks.[ citation needed ]

He has also released songs entitled "Field of weed", "Delilah", "Pension Plan", "Coming from Moruga" and "Talk Nah".

He is currently one of the leading names in the expanding reggae industry in Trinidad and Tobago

He also is pursuing the soca/chutney industry with famous songs such as: "Throw Wine" (2012), "Lokani" (2013) and "Another One" (2013)

He made it to the Chutney Soca Finals with his famous song "Lokani" (2013) and placed 9th with 22.2 points (out of 45)

He was made most famous in 2019 for his "Cat Biting Incident".

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References

  1. 1 2 Rampersad, Joan (2006) "Prophet Benjamin to uplift the nation", Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday, 14 November 2006, retrieved 2010-10-27
  2. Welch, Aretha (2006) "Local reggae on the rise", Trinidad Guardian , 9 March 2006, retrieved 2010-10-27