Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mikey Dread: A True Reggae Ambassador

Just found these and was so excited I wanted to post them. The first is The Clash with Mikey Dread from a show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ in 1980 performing "Bankrobber" followed by a rocking version of "Tommy Gun." The second is a video of Mikey fronting UB40 on his track "Roots & Culture" that was recorded in the UK in January 1983 for a BBC Show called "Sight & Sound In Concert"

Mikey who was a star in his own right lent credibility to both The Clash and UB40 and for that he was a true innovator and visionary by helping to expand reggae music far and wide. He was never afraid to mix it up. I consider him a true ambassador of reggae and he deserves all the praise he gets. Its hard to imagine how cutting edge it was for The Clash to invite Mikey on tour and to produce songs on Sandinista.

The Clash w/Mikey Dread - Bankrobber

UB40 w/Mikey Dread - Roots & Culture

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