Basil Gabbidon, founder member and lead guitarist of world renowned reggae band Steel Pulse, three times nominated for Grammy’s.
After four successful albums, including the highly acclaimed ”Handsworth Revolution”, he left and returned to his Handsworth home forming Bassdance” with his brother Colin and recorded two albums “Loud”, and “Louder”,
Gabbidon band is looking to go back on the road doing tours and festivals at home and abroad. After being away for so long, the band has produced a new album; Reggae Rockz,
“’Reggae Rockz’ is his new album featuring, unsurprisingly coz the clue’s in the title, a modern take on an old theme in reggae but with a hint of rock and a twist of dance. Along the same lines then as Steel Pulse I guess but with perhaps just a quick nod in respect of the modern electro dance world.
Now, you know how reggae always tends to come with a distinct feelgood factor no matter what the topic of the song? And you know the way reggae somehow always sounds better during the hot summer months? And you know the way reggae gets inside your head and instinctively your feet start to dance? Well, Gabbidon brings you all of that and more as he dishes up a tasty reggae concoction to get the juices flowing and the body parts mobile. Yes, there’s a hint of rock and yes I can see there’s a small element of modern dance but, essentially ‘Reggae Rockz’ is just a bloody good reggae album, plain and simple – forget about what it might or might not include within its shell, forget anything other than reggae. ‘Reggae Rockz’ is just a cool reggae work – an album for anytime – an album of finely crafted reggae beats and chilled grooves absolutely typical of the form!”
Reggae Rockz the name of the album is taken from the joint production between Gabbidon and the Symphony Hall in 2005 when all of Birmingham international Reggae bands performed in Centenary square in 2005; such as Steel Pulse, The Beat, Specials, Musical Youth, Pato Banton with special guest Dawn Penn, supported by local new upcoming acts.
Gabbidon continues and strives to maintain a high standard of reggae music. With the inclusion of former Burning Spear bass player, Paul Beckford.