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C*LTURE: Dennis Bovell

A scientist of sound in the realms of reggae and dub and a pioneer of unbelievable proportions. Dennis Bovell.

Born in Barbados in 1953, reggae guitarist and bass player Dennis Bovell (Blackbeard) moved to the UK and was one of the key figures on the London reggae scene of the late '70s, both as a solo artist and a producer. He co-founded the British reggae band Matumbi.

Dennis was a key figure in the early days of the lovers rock genre. He is also known for fusing disco rhythms with reggae, most notably with the hit song "Silly Games" by Janet Kay. In 1980, he wrote the score for Franco Rosso's film Babylon. Along with the music for the 1983 television drama The Boy Who Won the Pools and Global Revolution (2006).

With such a musical range - he is the master of all styles. With such immense skills and abilities, he is bigger than a genre, he is MUSIC.

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