Winston McAnuff, also known under the stage name Electric Dread, (born 1957, in Mandeville) is a Jamaican singer and composer of reggae- and dub music.
McAnuff was born in Mandeville in Manchester Parish, into a family of preachers. His great grandfather was Scottish. He started his musical career, singing gospels in the church choir. He recorded his first album Pick hits to click in 1978. Two years later his second album What the man "a" deal wid was released. His best known song from this time is the single Malcolm X, which he recorded as a duet with Earl Sixteen, and was also recorded by Dennis Brown. The song was the subject of a legal dispute in 2013 between McAnuff and Greensleeves Records after the record label allegedly registered the song as co-written by Brown. A third studio album, Electric Dread, was released in 1986.
Although McAnuff had reasonable fame in Jamaica, none of his work was released elsewhere. It wasn't until 2002 that his work was released in Europe. In 2002 the French record label Makasound released the first two albums and a compilation album Diary of the Silent Years. The release of the albums revived McAnuff's career, notably in France.