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Aswad, Dawn Penn, The Paradims, Donovan Kingjah, Echo Marley // 13.12.2014 // Leicester

Aswad, Dawn Penn, The Paradims, Donovan Kingjah, Echo Marley // 13.12.2014 // Leicester

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(Live In Concert / Full Band)



Streetlife, G-Funk Promotions and Kontakt are proud to present one of the biggest reggae concerts in Leicester since legendary nights at The Auditorium.

For this event we are bringing you two of the biggest names in the scene… ASWAD & DAWN PENN.

Full Line Up…

– ASWAD w/ Live Band


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Aswad (“Black” in Arabic) are a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B, soul, and soca influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the early 1970s, and have released a total of twenty-one albums.

As naturalised children of immigrants from the Caribbean, part of the aftermath of World War II, the children were moved to London. They attended a local high school near Ladbroke Grove, and various junior schools as Tan Tan children of immigrants from the Caribbean around West London in 1975. Vocalist Brinsley Forde had a brief career on television on the British children’s television series “Here Come the Double Deckers” in 1970-71.

The original members of Aswad were Brinsley Forde, George Oban, Drummie Zeb, and Donald Griffiths. Courtney Hemmings was a frequent contributor in the 1970s, including as part of the backing band on Burning Spear’s 1979 Live album, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

They became one the U.K.’s top reggae bands with songs, typical of the time, about the oppression of black youth, such as “Three Babylon” and “It’s Not Our Wish”, and the powerful jazz-influenced instrumental “Warrior Charge”.

The band gained a wider audience with the New Chapter album (1981). “Fire”, the opening track gained wide recognition when it was used as the backing rhythm for Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land.”

Among Aswad’s catalogue of hits is “Don’t Turn Around”, a pop hit in 1988. This track was originally a B-side to Tina Turner’s hit “Typical Male”, which was later covered by Ace of Base; and a reggae flavoured rendition of “Best of My Love”, first popularised and written by The Eagles. Their next hit, Shine, was released in 1994. Another track was the upbeat 1998 remake of The Police’s “Invisible Sun”, performed with Sting.

The band also hold the distinction of having played with each one of the ex-Wailers.



Dawn Penn is one of the original queens of reggae music. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she grew up in a musical family, studying piano, classical violin and performing with her sisters Pat and Audrey in churches. Her first recording was “When I’m Gonna Be Free” was in 1966. She then recorded for the legendary Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and her first hit came in 1967 with the title “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”, one of the most famous reggae hits of all-time which has been covered by countless artists around the world including Beyonce, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Wu-Tang Clan, Eve, J Millz and Lily Allen.

Over the next several years several singles were released including three: “Blue Yes Blue”, “Here’s The Key” and Long Day Short Night” on Prince Buster’s Label. In 1970, she moved to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to explore her roots on her father’s side. She returned to Jamaica in 1987, re-recording her single You Don’t Love Me” with Steelie and Cleavie in 1991. Steelie & Cleavie’s version (which they recorded to commemorate Studio One’s 35th Anniversary) was a crossover hit in the mainstream pop charts and was picked up by Heartbeat in the U.S. King Jammy’s recording that was done the year before with Bounty Killer, Dennis Brown and Ken Boothe, under separate recording on the Greensleeves label became a dancehall smash.

In 1993, Big Beat (Atlantic Records) signed Penn to an 8-year album deal, and by the following year she was back on the charts with her re-recorded dancehall version of “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”. The single charted in 53 countries, was featured in advertisements for Nissan and Churchill and the album was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1995 she produced and recorded her original track “What Do You Do?”, followed up by Delroy Williams and herself producing the album called “Come Again” on Trojan Records which sold close to 110,000 copies. Her 2000 single “Never Ever” was released on Jet Star, becoming a smash hit on BBC Radio 1.

In 2001 she was honoured with the “Martin Luther King Award” by Caribbean Images in recognition of her contribution to Jamaican music. From 2002-2004 she collaborated with top U.S. hip hop artists including John Forte of the Fugees on (“What You Gonna Do” and “Mercy pon we”) culminating in the release of the R & B Album- “Never Hustle The Music”, touring extensively across Europe. In the US, Cocoa Brovaz (“Spit Again”) was a Project on Rawkus.


Tickets & Admission…

£12.50 Super Early Bird>> SOLD OUT

£15.00 Early Bird On-Line Only;

£17.50 Standard On-Line & In-Store

In Store:

Rockaboom// Wellgosh // Hatman // Cartel’s //
Colin Mitchell

Pay On The Door Available: More On The Door

Venue information…

Streetlife Venue
24 Dryden Street

18 years + Show

8.30pm DOORS
3.30am CURFEW

Challenge 21 Venue, If you look younger that 21 you will be asked for ID ( Passport / Driving Licence

Text line 07773409261


……. All Roads Lead To Leicester.

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