After fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene,
Aswad remain one of Britain's best loved reggae bands. Originally led by
the trio of Brinsley "Dan" Forde (on vocals and rhythm guitar), Angus
"Drummie Zeb" Gaye (on vocals and drums) and Tony "Gad" Robinson (on
bass), Aswad is renowned among reggae fans for their rich melodies and
compelling harmonies, woven over hard rhythm tracks and inspired horn
riffs. Aswad (a name derived from the Arabic word for "black") was
formed in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London in 1974. The trio first
gained national attention in 1976 when their debut release "Back To
Africa" hit the #1 slot on the UK Reggae Charts. 'Love Fire', their
popular anthem released in 1981, eventually became part of the reggae
canon and is still covered today by many Jamaican record producers. The
group's 1983 Island release Live and Direct is considered one of the
quintessential live reggae albums. By the mid 80s, the Aswad rhythm
section of Drummie and Tony had contributed to a number of top British
reggae hits by such artists as Janet Kay, Smiley Culture, Trevor Walters
and Trevor Hartley. Later in the decade, the band became known for their
adventurous fusion of such different musical styles as dancehall, funk,
hip-hop and dub. The band has toured extensively, playing to packed
houses in such diverse locales as London's Royal Albert Hall and Montego
Bay's Reggae Sunsplash to West Africa, Israel and Japan. Aswad, after
more than 25 years, are still the purveyors of the UK reggae scene and
will continue to be way into the next millennium.
As always we will have the multi award winning and compere of the decade MR.MIKE CARLTON,
Also the beautiful and again multi award winning female vocalist of the decade known as the
voice, that is ELAINE ALEXANDER.
Along with the talented young man, singer and song writer, previously on X Factor, JAMIE BENKERT.
T2K- COREY TENNANT & STUART MARLOW
Also joining us the amazing and legendary duet, whom are filling venues wherever they perform with their tight harmonies and diverse style, known as T2K- COREY TENNANT & STUART MARLOW.
The dress up dancing DJ who has worked in fun pubs & nightclubs all over Scotland for the last 30 years will have you bouncing through the Plaza into the wee hours!