ASWAD – Give a Little Love

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Profile: Aswad (“Black” in Arabic) is a reggae band founded in 1975 in London in the UK by the children of Jamaican immigrants. The members were then Brinsley Forde, George Oban, Angus’ Drummie Zeb “Gaye and Donald Griffiths. Courtney Hemmings was by and for the albums and concerts in the 1970s. The group, which consists of Martin Augustine, Brinsley Forde, Drummie Zeb, Paul Garred, Donald Griffiths, Jimmy Haynes, Clifton Morrison and Tony Robinson, has released over 20 CDs and is the UB 40 in competition with Steel Pulse, the main UK reggae group of all time .

As reggae became popular in the early 1970s thanks to Jamaican artists like Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer), hooked the West Indian immigrants eventually on. Aswad was one of the first British band to hit the mainstream. For a long time Aswad a roots reggae band that embraced the Jamaican Rastafarian Faith. They had a very rebellious attitude towards the British society and questioned whether white people in general should devote themselves to reggae. Their criticism of groups such as The Police and UB 40 was cemented in the late 1970s, but a decade later, they collaborated with these and other groups and made recordings of their songs.

Bob Marley socialised much with the band members of Aswad during his exile to England in the late 1970s. Among other tracks Marley features in a new version of their song “Keep On Moving” by Aswad with their typical soft, rhythmic sound. From the late 1980s, when new electronic and programmable instruments became available, the group experimented with dub-reggae beat, and a number will find (mostly love songs in the lovers rock genre) with a new chill out sounds. Aswad had their greatest commercial success between 1988 and 1995. Among Aswad repertoire of the world will include the ‘Do not Turn Around”, which came in 1988, and”Shine”, which was released in 1994.

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