Macka B

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Brief History



Macka.B has always been interested in music. At a very young age he was impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next door. The vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very day.

He started to practice D.J.ing at home gaining inspiration from legends such as U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth, Prince Far-I, etc. It was also at this time that Macka.B decided to accept the Ras Tafari faith, which is the central part of his life.

He and some friends started a sound system called Exodus, which just happened to be the same sound that Macka.B used to listen to as a little youth. The sound was passed down from father to sons and renamed Exodus.

In 1982 a visit to Jamaica inspired him greatly improving his talent. He entered a D. J. competition in 1983 at the Rising Star club in Bilston, (included were Pato Banton & Rankin Ann.) Macka.B. won and from this was invited on the radio several times, his name began to spread.

He was also in a band called Pre-Wax, they did many live shows and also appeared on Channel 4’s Rockers Road show. A record called Maggie’s Letter was also released by a producer called Papa P. It became a local success.

Macka.B never stopped working with sound systems Wassifa from Birmingham & Skippy & Lippy being the main ones. A tape of a dance Wassifa v Saxon Sound in Leicester, was heard by John & Chris at Fashion records who invited Macka.B to do some recording. “Bible Reader” was released and did well in the Reggae singles charts. Also released was a track called “Gentleman with Manners” on a LP called Great British M.C’s.

Mad Professor of Ariwa saw Macka.B perform on T.V. and arranged a meeting. The outcome of this was Macka.B joining the Ariwa label and recording the LP “Sign of the Times” which reached No 1. in the Reggae LP charts. Appeared on Channel 4 Club Mix & 1986 Sunsplash in Wembley Arena. Started to tour Europe.

In 1990 he became the first British Reggae artist to tour Australia and was voted British Reggae Industry Best Male D. J. 91& 92

Macka.B has toured Japan all over America, Africa, Hawaii, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Poland to name but a few. He has performed alongside artists such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, Lee Perry, Culture, Gladiators and many more.

He also become the first Reggae artist to tour the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia).

After over 30 years Macka.B continues to tour the world extensively spreading consciousness and breaking down the barriers.

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