UK Reggae Pioneers, Black Slate, Continue to Lead the Way with New Tracks

Artist: Black

Title: Daylight
(single – out now)

of the most important UK bands of the 70s and 80s has returned with new
material, a newly augmented line-up and a new live show to reaffirm to fans old
and new just why they made such on impact on the British musical landscape.
Formed in Hackney in 1974, Black Slate were the first completely
homegrown UK reggae band, utilising their own sound system and dub plates, rather
than the traditional method of using existing plates from Jamaica. At a time of
huge racial tension and regular clashes between police and the black community,
their single, Sticks Man, appealed to communities to lead by example,
the key lyric being:

If you tief a white, you will tief a black

reference to the spate of pickpockets in London at the time. Taken as an anthem
by both black and white communities who felt marginalised by society, the
single became a 1976 hit in the UK singles chart, though including sales
through non-affiliated reggae stores would have reflected it having sold phenomenal
numbers. Enjoying cross-over success with their hit single and album, Amigo,
in 1980, touring with the likes of Peter Tosh and selling out venues
likes London’s iconic Rainbow and in countries like Australia and New Zealand,
the went on an extended hiatus from the routine and releasing record and
endless touring but have now returned, refreshed and as inspired and incisive
as ever.
Featuring original members, Anthony ‘Pure Silk’ Brightly (Keyboards); Chris
‘Music House’ Hanson
(Lead/Rhythm Guitar) and Desmond ’Drummy’ Mahoney
(Drums/Congo/Percussion) alongside newer cohorts, Colin ’Steam Fish’ McNiesh
(Bass) and Jessie ’Energy’ Brade (Vocals) as well as Gaven ‘Magic
Voice’ Creary
(Vocals), their current single is Daylight, showing
them to be still at the very top of their game. Their latest album, Peaceful
, is released on the on TCD Records the label named for Tony
(Anthony), Chris and Desmond, the original members of the band founded in 1972
in the United Kingdom. After 40 years in the music business, the deep roots
reggae band returns with their first full-length album released since 1982.