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Aswad

Aswad are a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. "Aswad" means "black" in Arabic. The members of Aswad are UK descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean. They attended John Kelly/Holland Park School. The original members of Aswad were guitarist/vocalist Brinsley "Chaka B" Forde, drummer/vocalist Angus "Drummie Zeb" Gaye, lead guitarist/vocalist Donald "Dee" Griffiths, bassist George "Ras" Oban, and keyboardist Courtney "Khaki" Hemmings. Aswad were the backing band of Burning Spear's 1977 Live album, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Other contributors included Vin Gordon, and Karl Pitterson.

Links to Peel

Peel first started playing Aswad in the mid-70's, whilst they were a roots reggae band. Through the 70's and 80's, he would often play tracks from the band. However, when the group achieved success in 1988, with a number 1 hit with 'Don't Turn Around', which was a reggae pop sound, vastly different from their roots reggae origins, he seemed to have lost interest in playing their new sounds.

Sessions

1. Recorded: 1976-08-10. Broadcast: 02 September 1976. Repeated: 27 December 1976

  • Pressure / Ethiopian Rhapsody / Back To Africa / Natural Progression

2. Recorded: 1978-10-10. Broadcast: 18 December 1978. Repeated: 25 January 1979

  • Behold / Love Has It's Way / It's Not Our Wish

Other Shows Played

Aswad - It's Not Our Wish

Aswad - It's Not Our Wish

1978
  • 15 August 1978: 'It's Not Our Wish That We Should Fight (12 inch)' (Grove Music)
  • 18 August 1978: It's Not Our Wish (That We Should Fight) (12") Grove Music
  • 25 August 1978: Stranger (12" - It's Not Our Wish (That We Should Fight)) (Grove Music)
1980
1981
1982
Aswad - African Children (Live and Direct) (1983)

Aswad - African Children (Live and Direct) (1983)

1983
1984
1985
1986
1989
  • 01 June 1989: Mosman Skank (v/a album - Jah Shaka Presents Dub Masters Volume 1) Island/Mango
1990
  • 14 June 1990: African Children / Soca Rumba (album - Live And Direct) Island
1995
1996
1997
  • 28 June 1997: African Children (album - Live And Direct) Island
2004

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