Caron Geary was the first white female reggae/dancehall MC. This female ragga chat artist grew up in north London, England, on a diet of reggae, David Essex, Marc Bolan and Kate Bush.

According to Geary, her first recorded appearance was on a cover of Kid Ralph, a dancehall track by Little Twitch. The song talks about a “legendary” homosexual figure in Jamaica’s prison system. She has subsequently worked as a solo artist and with other musicians, including Erasure and Boy George, who described her music as “the dirtiest ‘slackest’ reggae I’d heard since the seventies”.

Growing up in Marylebone, Geary lived adjacent to an after-hours party, which blasted out reggae music; as a result, Geary was exposed to reggae from a very young age. It is these experiences which inspired her to write the controversial song Everything Starts with an ‘E’ as part of E-Zee Possee, which was banned by the BBC because of its lyrics and made #69 in the UK Singles Chart in 1989, leaving the chart after only one week; however it was re-released less than a year later in March 1990 and climbed to #15 on the UK chart,spending eight weeks in the chart.

 

After being expelled from sixth-form college, she worked in children’s play centres by day and in nightclubs after dark. MC Kinky met Boy George while working as a DJ at Fred’s in Soho, London, and was signed to his More Protein label in 1989. Her first release was in conjunction with the E-Zee Possee – ‘Everything Starts With An ‘E’’ – which became an instant UK club hit and eventually, after several attempts, went high in the charts. Once mistakenly arrested by police for soliciting (she was actually window shopping) her first solo single, ‘Get Over It’, was released in 1991 – after which the trail runs cold.

Kinky has been touring underground, occasionally providing vocals for other artists. In 1997, she took a residency in Ibiza as “the Infidel”, operating under the name for a week before writing an album called Cantankerous and taking up the name for herself. When a member of staff at Club Motherfucker described her sound as “feral pop”,she became “Feral” and finally ended up with “Feral a.k.a. MC Kinky” and “FERALisKINKY”