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Black Slate (UK)

Black Slate formed in 1972 and were originators of the UK Reggae movement. They originally worked as a backing band for artists like Leroy Smart, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and Peter Tosh.

In 1975 Black Slate became their own group and had a hit in 1976 with the song “Sticks Man”. The band had other successful songs including “Mind Your Motion”, “Boom Boom” and the massive world-wide hit “Amigo”. During this period Black Slate toured as a support act with artists including Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown and went on to record eight albums.

Keyboardist Anthony Brightly would become a driving force in the advancement of Lover’s Rock and UK reggae in general through his work as a DJ, Club owner, Artiste Manager and Promoter.

Reuniting in 2013, Black Slate debuted at the prestigious Miami Reggae Festival and are now touring the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand

The new album PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION was recorded in Antigua in 2015.

All in all with past members, the newest editions, forty odd years in the business, this tidal wave of reggae force is heading towards the hearts, minds and souls and whoever else that gets converted along the way by


As they deliver

A Peaceful Demonstration… 

Black Slate Band members:

Original members Anthony “Pure Silk” Brightly on keyboards, Chris “Music House “Hanson on rhythm/lead guitar and Desmond “Drummy” Mahoney on drums are joined by Colin “Steam Fish” Mcneish on bass and Gaven “Magic Voice” Creary on vocals.

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Earlier Event: 12 February
Matt Gresham