Sunday, 24 August 2014

Aswad at the Notting Hill Carnival

It's a warm, sunny day for those who are out and about in West London, enjoying the Notting Hill Carnival. I've been to a few Carnivals over the years, most memorably in 1983 when Aswad played a storming set, later released on LP as 'Live and Direct'. The band may now be best remembered by a wider audience for their 'pop' hits, commencing with 'Don't Turn Around' in 1984, but in the previous eight years Aswad released a series of consistently strong roots reggae albums and were an exceptional live outfit to boot. Here's a shot I took from the crowd that day in 1983 and 'African Children' from the gig, featuring a wicked 'live' dub section.


Anonymous said...

Aswad were the best of all British roots reggae bands, IMO. Those early albums are top of the range. Shame about the pop period. All aboard for the Double Deckers!

Old Pa's Corner said...

Excellant, I do believe I neglected them wrongly...contibuted to the fact I was abroad at the time of their peak. Only been once to the NHC in did not rain either.

The Swede said...

SB. Funnily enough, when I drafted this post I called Aswad the best UK reggae band, but I backtracked when I remembered the Bristol roots comp you featured yonks ago. It had some great tunes and a lot of interesting UK bands that I don't really know enough about.

OP. The poor buggers at the Carnival are certainly getting rained on today! Any Aswad up to 1983 is well worth checking out.

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