On a busy 2008 tour that includes Europe and Africa as well as the United States, UK reggae singing star Lloyd Brown will perform at Ashkenaz with his full band, harmony singers and horn section, singing his best-known songs from the past two decades. The concert will take place Wednesday, September 24.
His twenty-fifth anniversary CD, Silver, was released last year. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Brown spent his early years in sound systems and in a 1987 hit London stage musical, “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame,” playing Otis Redding, Marcus Garvey, Haile Selassie, and Nelson Mandela.
He also recorded on his own and in a variety of groups. He scored a No. 1 reggae hit in England with “Sharing the Night,” and followed with his interpretations of songs by American greats including Otis Redding, before developing his own songwriting style. Since then Brown’s reputation for conscious and socially-charged lyrics have made him well-known in England and Jamaica. In addition to collaborating with numerous stars, including DJ Tippa-Irie on recordings, Brown leads his fine-tuned band in his own music.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave. at Gilman Berkeley, CA 94702
Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m.
$15/$12 advance & students
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