Lyrical inspiration Macka B is bringing his unique combination of dancehall and dub style reggae to Leeds this summer and we can’t flipping wait! An outstanding performer and ardent human rights activist Macka B has been touring the world spreading messages of equality through his vibrant reggae beat for over last thirty years.
Taking an interest in music from a very young age Macka B was impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next door. While at school he played the violin and was in the school choir, he was getting a home education in the art of Reggae music, listening to the greats Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Count Ossie.
Macka B’s first album, Sign of the Times, was released in 1986 on Mad Professor’s Ariwa label. The album was well received and reached the top of the UK reggae album charts followed by similarly acclaimed albums We’ve Had Enough (1987) and Looks Are Deceiving (1988).
Since then Macka B’s career has gone from strength to strength with hits like ‘Dread a Who She Love’, a duet with last year’s Black Music Festival performer Kofi, tours with other reggae stars such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers and Lee Perry, British Best Male DJ award in 1991 AND 1992, the hit live album Roots Ragga in 1993 and international hit ‘Squeeze Me’ in 1994. He started work again with Mad Professor on Discrimination in 1995 and Roots & Culture mixed Macka B’s hits with previously unreleased material in 1995 before he signed to the Jet Star label (Charm) label in 2004.