It has been noted that there are still tickets available for the Steel Pulse concert at the Concorde 2 in Brighton on Tuesday 11th May 2021. This performance was rescheduled from 5th May 2020 due to covid.
Steel Pulse are a roots reggae band that were formed in Birmingham back in 1975, specifically the inner city area of Handsworth, which has many Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They actually came together at Handsworth Wood Boys School, and were composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil’s brother Colin briefly on drums and Michael Riley (vocals, percussion).
Basil Gabbidon and David Hinds became inspired to form Steel Pulse after listening to Bob Marley and The Wailers’ ‘Catch A Fire’. Their debut single release ‘Kibudu, Mansetta And Abuku’ arrived on the small independent label Dip. During the popularization of punk rock in the mid-1970’s, Steel Pulse began to play punk venues such as Anchor in London and The Electric Circus in Manchester in 1976.
Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organization and featuring in its first music festival in early 1978, they chose to tour with sympathetic elements of the punk movement. Eventually they found a more natural home in support slots for Burning Spear, which brought them to the attention of Island Records.
Their first release for Island was the ‘Ku Klux Klan’ single, a tilt at the evils of racism, and one often accompanied by a visual parody of the sect on stage. By this time their ranks had swelled to include Selwyn Brown (keyboards), Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett (drums), Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Mykaell Riley (vocals). Their debut album, ‘Handsworth Revolution’ followed. It was recorded in 1977 and released in early 1978.
They had a trio of UK hit singles in the 1978/9 period. These were the aforementioned ‘Ku Klux Klan’ (No.41), ‘Prodigal Son’ (No.35) and ‘Sound System’ (No.71). Steel Pulse went on to become the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Fast forward ten studio albums and we arrive in 2019, where bearing witness to the accelerating negativity of global affairs, they re-emerged with musical vengeance to halt the disarray of humanity – the ‘Mass Manipulation’ album was upon us. The debut single ‘Stop You Coming And Come’ features ancient melodies paired with catchy lyrics, transporting the mind to a period of time where secrets of an African dynasty are unmasked. As reggae revolutionaries, Steel Pulse is revered by the younger generation of artists and remains a powerhouse on stages around the globe.
Listen to and purchase the ‘Mass Manipulation’ album HERE.
The current members of Steel Pulse are:
David Hinds – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1975–present)
Selwyn Brown – keyboards, backing vocals (1975–present)
Sidney Mills – keyboards, backing vocals (1988–present)
Wayne Clarke – drums (2005–present)
Amlak Tafari – bass (2005–present)
David Ellecirri Jr. – lead guitar (2012–present)
Stephen Bradley – trumpet (2017–present)
Zem Audu – saxophone (2017–present)
Baruch Hinds – rap and backing vocals (2017–present)
Watch Steel Pulse on YouTube HERE.
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