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Aswad (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 9 March 1983

Brinsley Forde, Tony "Gad" Robinson and Drummie Zeb discuss the sufferation of Brit reggae acts, Rastafari and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 49' 19" sound quality: ***

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British Reggae: Prejudiced Vibrations

Comment by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 9 October 1976

ON THE SURFACE it looks as though there has been something of a major breakthrough for reggae in Britain. ...

Aswad: Hot with the Rods

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 4 December 1976

"I think it’s only now people really see it — we suffer here as well." ...

Aswad: The Other Cinema, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 20 August 1977

ASWAD PLAYED on an Other Cinema music night, a reggae special, following a showing of Horace Ore's Reggae and Step Forward Youth and a documentary ...

Jah Punk: The Black New Wave

Overview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 10 September 1977

ASWAD: Drummie, drums, vocals: George Oban, bass: Chaka Forde, rhythm guitar, vocals: Donald Guiti, lead guitar, vocals. Courtney Hennings, keyboards, vocals. ...

Eddie & the Hot Rods, Lew Lewis, Chelsea, Aswad et al: Punk Festival, Chelmsford City Football Stadium

Live Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 24 September 1977

And we don't careThe message: punk's now a business ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 8 April 1978

REVELATION TIME. Aswad hadn't played any dates to speak of, and the audience were Aswad-starved, raring to rave. ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 13 May 1978

ALL ROADS LEAD to the 100 Club in London's West End every Thursday night, where – "in tune to Silver Camel Sound" – the weekly ...

Aswad: Reggaematic Survival

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 11 November 1978

The attention nowgiven to British reggae bandsis largely due to the pioneering work of Aswad, who invented live dub and played alongside the early punk bands. But, ...

Aswad: Hulet (Groove)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 8 September 1979

IT'S EASY TO feel alienated by certain aspects of reggae, not the least of which is the idolatry afforded it by impressionable whites: 'Milky Bar ...

Aswad: Dingwall's, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 22 August 1980

FOR ALL its enjoyable effects, the ska-punk blend of 2-Tone music may have done lasting damage to another, potentially even more valuable fusion: local reggae, ...

Aswad/Linton Kwesi Johnson/New Regulars: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 January 1981

MONDAY NIGHT in the Palais: forward and upful all the way. Aswad's 'Warrior Charge' as featured in Babylon and Brinsley Forde's performance in the principal ...

Linx and Aswad: Shades of Black

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, The Times, 26 November 1981

THERE IS A special role in British life for young black pop musicians, involving a task more serious than could ever be demanded of their ...

Creation Rebel: Psychotic Jonkanoo (STAT IP4); Aswad: New Chapter (CBS 85336)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 28 November 1981

Aswad — home grown Roots ...

Black Flag: Aswad

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, Summer 1981


Aswad: Manchester University

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 2 January 1982

Sounds kinda progressive ...

Aswad: Stepping Across the Front Line

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 21 August 1982

Lloyd Bradley finds out why Britain's foremost reggae rockers still aren't satisfied. ...

Notting Hill Carnival '83

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 3 September 1983

CARNIVALS ARE crucial — all the best cultures have 'em. But the world has a way of perverting the simplest pleasures, and since 76, Carnival ...

Aswad: Conquering Lions Of The Concrete Jungle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 28 January 1984

IF REGGAE is dying, how curious that my interest in it is just coming to life. Years of comparative indifference (and ignorance) pass and suddenly ...

Aswad: Local Heroes

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, 5 July 1984

That Aswad are The Greatest Reggae Band In The World is the principal theme of Island Records' campaign to give the London-born trio the commercial ...

Jimmy Cliff, Aswad: Crystal Palace Bowl, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, The Guardian, 30 July 1984

THE ANNUAL Nelson Mandela festival was held in perfect sunlight in the secluded grassy amphitheatre at Crystal Palace. Unfortunately one reason why it was so ...

The Mighty Wah!, Aswad, High Five: Liverpool People's Festival, St George's Hall, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, 29 September 1984

The People's Poet ...

The Mighty Wah!, Aswad, High Five: Peoples Festival, St George's Hall, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, 29 September 1984

"THIS IS the first Liverpool gig I've ever enjoyed," announced Pete Wylie at the end of the set, and it was probably the one that ...

Aswad: Home Grown

Interview by Deanne Pearson, No. 1, 20 October 1984

Aswad have been Britain's top reggae band for years. Yet for some reason only now are they making their chart debut with '54 46 Was ...

Aswad: Rebel Souls (Island)****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, 27 October 1984

GETTING A sense of perspective on Aswad is difficult at the best of times, and it's even worse with the release of this elpee because ...

Aswad: The Palace, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 1985

STEEL PULSE spearheaded the charge of British reggae artists to America, but Aswad served notice at the Palace on Wednesday that it's ready to claim ...

Aswad: Distant Thunder

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 9 April 1988

DEEP JOY is in my heart that Aswad have had a giant hit single, a corking little pop reggae soul tune of some upliftingness. However, ...

Aswad: The genial face of reggae

Interview by David Sinclair, The Times, 23 December 1988

Having recognized that music is a business, Aswad have at last won the recognition they deserve, David Sinclair writes. ...

Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert, Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Robert Sandall, Rolling Stone, 31 May 1990

WHILE THE black south African leader Nelson Mandela was still in jail, his seventieth birthday, in June 1988, inspired the starriest gathering of rockers since ...

Aswad: Too Wicked (Mango LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 22 September 1990

ANYONE FAMILIAR with the sussed militancy of Aswad's early 'Three Babylon' period would never have expected them to take an easy option and 'go commercial'. ...

Barrington Levy, Papa San, John Holt, Aswad, Lucky Dube: Reggae Sunsplash, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 1992

The Musical Diversity Is as Broad as the Quality Is High at Reggae Sunsplash at Greek Theatre. ...

Aswad: Shiny Natty People

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 3 September 1994

From their early militant days to today's mellowed-out elder statesmen, ASWAD have hauled British reggae into the '90s, sidestepping genres and influencing everyone from Ace ...

Franco Rosso's Babylon

Retrospective and Interview by Kieron Tyler, The Guardian, 4 October 2008

Kieron Tyler celebrates that rare thing – a British movie about reggae ...

Shot! Reggae Cinema

Guide by Kieron Tyler, Q Classic, 2015

Author's note, 2020: The Harder They Come, conspicuous by its absence from this list, was not included, since it was the subject of a feature ...

When British Reggae Was King

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, June 2019

Reggae may have been born in Jamaica, but it grew up in '80s Britain at a time of evolving multiculturalism, finding an unlikely ally in ...


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