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After fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene, British band 'Aswad' remain one of the world’s best loved reggae bands. Renowned among reggae fans for their rich melodies and compelling harmonies, woven over hard rhythm tracks and inspired horn riffs.
'Aswad' (a name derived from the Arabic word for “black”) was the only British group to record and/or perform in concert with several top Jamaican artists, including Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. After a series of successful singles and albums on Island and CBS, 'Aswad' earned international acclaim with their reggae version of 'Don’t Turn Around' - a song previously covered by both Luther Ingram and Tina Turner. 'Don’t Turn Around', released on Island in 1988, sailed to the #1 slot on the UK National charts and was the most played record on French radio. (A similar pop version of the song was recently an international hit for Swedish group Ace Of Base).
Over the years, Aswad’s recordings have found them joining forces with a variety of artists, including Dennis Brown, Maxi Priest, Hugh Masakela, Steely & Cleevie, Shabba Ranks, and Sly & Robbie’s Taxi Gang. The band has toured extensively, playing to packed houses in such diverse locales as London’s Royal Albert Hall and Montego Bay’s Reggae Sunsplash to West Africa, Israel and Japan.