About Dennis Bovell
‘Blackbeard’ Bovell is a hugely respected name in reggae circles and has built a formidable reputation as a musician, producer and sound engineer, working with great artists from around the globe. He’s written TV and film music, reggae and dub albums and enjoyed an enduring partnership with Linton Kwesi Johnson on many albums and touring round the world with the Dub Band. His influence on a fledgling Steel Pulse has been widely recognised. It stemmed from the band winning a local talent competition where Bovell was one of the competition judges, and their success encouraged them to experiment with a few gigs in London and their reputation quickly grew. Bovell, leader of the successful reggae band of the 70s, Matumbi, produced their second single, a live recording for Tempus Records called Nyah Luv, and released in September 1977, which reached top spot in the UK reggae chart. Born in Barbados in 1953, he moved to London when he was twelve and played in two bands, Road Works Ahead and Stonehenge before forming Matumbi in 1971. They charted with a top ten single, Points of View before Bovell went onto produce Janet Kay’s huge single Silly Games. He has been involved with an array of artists in many styles of music including; Ruiychi Sakamoto of Japan, Fella Kuti of Nigeria, Alpha Blondy of The Ivory Coast, Bananarama,The Thompson Twins, Amazulu, Edwyn Collins, Janet Kay, The Boomtown Rats, Marvin Gaye, The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Slits, The Pop Group, and many others as well as top acts like The Slits, The Thompson Twins, Bananarama, Wet Wet Wet, The Boomtown Rats and Marvin Gaye.
Over 30 years since he arrived on the musical scene he still has the energy, emotion and insight to make great reggae music and in All Over The World has created an album which will re-fresh the UK reggae scene. 12 tracks. Virgin/EMI. 2006.
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