Macka B has always been interested in music. At a very young age he was
impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next
door. The vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very
At school he played the violin and he joined the school choir. At home he was
getting inspiration from Reggae music, listening to such greats as Burning Spear, Bob
Marley, Peter Tosh, Count Ossie, to name but a few.
On leaving school he sought a career in engineering. He obtained a technical
apprenticeship at Ever Ready, but redundancy due to factory closure ended that career,
which proved to be a blessing in disguise.
He started to practice D.J.ing at home gaining inspiration from legends such as
U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth, Prince Far-I, etc.
It was also at this time that Macka B decided to accept the Ras Tafari faith,
which is the central part of his life.
He and some friends started a sound system called Exodus, which just happened to
be the same sound that Macka B used to listen to as a little youth. The sound was passed
down from father to sons and renamed Exodus.
In 1982 a visit to Jamaica inspired him greatly improving his talent. He entered
a D. J. competition in 1983 at the Rising Star club in Bilston, (included were Pato Banton
& Rankin Ann.) Macka B. won and from this was invited on the radio several times, his
name began to spread.
He was also in a band called Pre-Wax, they did many live shows and also appeared
on Channel 4's Rockers Road show. A record called Maggie's Letter was also released by a
producer called Papa P. It became a local success.
Derek Nelson producer of Ebony BBC2, heard Macka B perform on the radio, and as
they had a show planned for Birmingham, asked him to perform on that show. He went down so
well he received a regular spot on the next series.
Macka B never stopped working with sound systems Wassifa from Birmingham &
Skippy & Lippy being the main ones. A tape of a dance Wassifa v Saxon Sound in
Leicester, was heard by John & Chris at Fashion records who invited Macka B to do some
recording. "Bible Reader" was released and did well in the Reggae singles
charts. Also released was a track called "Gentleman with Manners" on a LP called
Great British M.C's.
Mad Professor of Ariwa saw Macka B perform on T.V. and arranged a meeting. The
outcome of this was Macka B joining the Ariwa label and recording the LP "Sign of the
Times" which reached No 1. in the Reggae LP charts. Appeared on Channel 4 Club Mix
& 1986 Sunsplash in Wembley Arena. Started to tour Europe.
|Released 2nd album "We've Had Enough" in
1987. In 1988 visited Jamaica recorded "Love it in Jamaica" & "Slow
Down Driver" for Black Scorpio label. Recorded "Looks are Deceiving" for
Appeared on BBC 2's Def 11 - Behind the Beat.
Released LP Buppie Culture in 1989. The album contained the single "Dread a
who she love" a duet with Kofi, which went to number one in the reggae singles
1990 saw the release of "Proud of Mandela" celebrating the release of
Nelson Mandela. It went straight to number one in the Reggae singles chart and was
featured on the album "Natural Suntan".
Became the first British Reggae artist to tour Australia.
In the nineties Macka B. recorded 8 more albums for Ariwa and also collaborated
with other artists and labels. Albums for Ariwa were "Peace Cup"-
"Discrimination" - "Roots Ragga" - "Jamaica No Problem" -
"Here Comes Trouble" - "Hold On To your Culture" -
"Suspicious" - "Roots & Culture".
Recorded "Tongue a no Gun" & "God a Come" with Sanchez
on Xterminator label. "D. J. Unity" with Tony Rebel on Penthouse label.
"Sex Machine" on Black Scorpio label. "Mr Cop" with Gregory Isaacs on
Ras label. "Yele" with Baba Maal on Island records. "Doctors of love"
with Pato Banton. "Malcolm X" with Steel Pulse.
Recorded on Ariwa with Nolan Irie, Earl 16, Horace Andy, Sandra Cross, Kofi,
Brown Sugar, Steve Ital, Fish.
Voted British Reggae Industry Best Male D. J. 91& 92.
He has appeared on Channel 4's "The Real McKoy" , Canal + in France,
German TV and many stations worldwide.
He has twice performed on Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, also at Sting & White
River Reggae Bash in Jamaica. He also appeared in front of Nelson Mandela in the National
Macka B has toured Japan all over America, Botswana, Hawaii, France, Germany,
Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Poland to name but a few.
He has performed alongside artists such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers,
Kool and the Gang, Lee Perry, Culture, Gladiators and many more.
In the year 2000 he released the album "Global Messenger" on the Ariwa
label. He also recorded "What's going on" with Tony Rebel on the Flames label.
He appeared on Rebel Salute in Jamaica and also toured South Africa.
In 2001 he recorded 2 songs on the Humal label "Homeland Africa" &
"More Knowledge" which were very well received.
He has also become the first Reggae artist to tour the former Yugoslavia
(Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia).
Macka B continues to spread consciousness and break down the barriers.
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