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Born in St. Peter Barbados, in 1953, Dennis Bovell moved to South London and became immersed in Jamaican culture, particularly dub music, setting up his own Jah Sufferer sound system. Running the sound system brought trouble from the police and Bovell was imprisoned for six months on remand, but was later released on appeal. Bovell was friends at school with future rock musicians including keyboardist Nick Straker and record producer Tony mansfield, both of whom later worked with Bovell. He formed Matumbi in the mid-1970s.
Bovell also worked as an engineer at Dip Records, the precursor to the Lovers Rock label, and he was a key figure in the early days of the lover's rock genre. He is also known for attempting to fuse disco rhythms with reggae, most notably with the hit song Silly Games by Janet Kay. According to Bovell, he wrote Silly Games with the sole intent of it being a hit song.
He has produced albums by a wide variety of artists including I-Roy, The Thompson Twins, Sharon Shannon, Alpha Blondie, Bananarama, The Pop Group, Fela Kuti, The Slits, Orange Juice and Madness. He has collaborated with great dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson for much of his working life. The man behind Bass Culture by LKJ...one of the greatest dub records ever made. Buy this now for just USD $6.99.
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