World-renowned, international UK Roots Rock Reggae Band Black Slate, as featured a short documentary entitled “Young, Gifted & Black” name after the classic song recorded by the late, great Nina Simone!
The aim of the documentary is to encourage young people to never given up on their plans, hopes and dreams, but nurture it so it grows. In addition to highlighting the young people, the documentary will showcase individuals who are active in the community.
What an epic time it has been since the return of Black Slate!
In addition to the phenomenal success that the band have experienced with their album “Peaceful Demonstration”, they have once again toured in Europe, Australia and were welcomed back to New Zealand with open arms more than once!
Let’s also not forget the magical night at the Jazz Café in June 2019 and playing at Hootananny September later on in the year.
They didn’t stop there; they appeared on Sky news, The Robert Elms Show as well as giving several interviews. Black Slate were and still are in heavy demand!
So what now?
Despite the brief interruption of COVID-19, the band continued to work as much as they were able behind closed doors on their latest project: “Young, Gifted and Black”. Not just an album, but with a short film that premiered on 23rd September 2020.
Keep your ears and eyes ready.
Who is Black Slate
WHO IS BLACK SLATE
Black Slate was formed and based in the United Kingdom in 1972 and worked originally as a backing band, members would work with other Jamaican artists like Leroy Smart, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and Peter Tosh. In 1975 Black Slate became their own group and had a hit in 1976 with the song Sticks Man. The band had other successful songs during this period like Mind Your Motion,Boom Boom and the the massive world wide hit: Amigo.
During this period the Black Slate band would travel on thirty day tours as a support act for artists like Peter Tosh with whom they toured with on several occasions. The tours were all across Europe to Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, and throughout Italy. Wherever there were music festivals the band was present on the lineup. The band also performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London to a sold out crowd and shortly thereafter toured to Australia and New Zealand.
It was during this period that the British rock and roll explosion was happening and in reggae there was a parallel contingent happening with groups like Aswad, Steel Pulse, UB40 and Black Roots all taking off during this period from the years 1977-1979. It was also during this period that the “Rock Against Racism” movement was taking shape and Anglo bands like The Jam, Generation X and Adam and the Ants were teaming up with their Afro-British counterparts.
The band began to grow weary of touring to this degree. Three of the original members chose to take a hiatus from touring life to help raise their families and establish sustainable business ventures. Although the original lineup’s lead singer and bass guitarist decided to carry on with touring with a new lineup. The rest of the band started families secondary businesses and decided to remain at home in the UK and build businesses
Some of whom were already pursuing careers outside of the band, in particular Anthony Brightly who was a well-regarded DJ often leaving performances to crowds of 500 people to go and spin records to a crowd that was twice that size. As a DJ Mr. Brightly would become a driving force in the advancement of Lover’s Rock and UK reggae in general through his work as a Disc Jockey, Club owner, Artiste Manager and event promoter, shaping airplay and artist growth both at radio and in the club setting. In 1987 Mr. Brightly also became the manager for sound system collective Stone Love Movement and was instrumental in shaping their career globally to become the biggest touring sound in the world.
Original member Chris Hanson became a sought after mix and mastering engineer, adding his unique touch to thousands of songs over the past several years right up to the present. He founded Music House Dub Cutting, Mastering and Processing which over the past 25 years has been responsible for 80% of the mastering in reggae albums including releases such as the recent EP by Chronixx ”Dread and Terrible”.
Mr. Brightly relocated to the Caribbean island of Antigua in order to raise his young boys in a different environment outside of the UK. When these original members’ children began college, they determined it was time to hit the road again.
Their latest album Peaceful Demonstration 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 the album SIX PLUS ONE in 1982 which was released digitally in 2014.
The core members of this magnificent Band of Reggae Scientists,
strike again; after forty years in the business.
This time they are leaving their monument set in stone with
A Peaceful Demonstration
Gaven "Golden voice"Creary
Anthony “PureSilk” Brightly (Keyboards), Chris “MusicHouse” Hanson (Lead/Rhythm Guitar) and Desmond “Drummy” Mahoney (Drums/Congo)
They have earned the right to stand amongst the greats in the world of reggae music. Like the female energy that tends and nurtures life, they have developed and nurtured their sound. From a vibe with a unique audio ID that has taken well over forty odd years of research and cultivation, with the help of a group of talented and respected former band members, new members and session musicians who all have played a part in assisting this great seed of musical wealth.
Gaven “Magic Voice” Creary (Lead Vocals) Stage Name G.: The newest member of the band is only just getting started. Gaven is vocals at its best and he’s willing to share his versatility with the great entity that is…