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Steely & Clevie revolutionized reggae

Steely & Clevie are two of the most gifted musicians and producers coming from Jamaica. They are responsible for numerous hits spanning over three decades and their musicianship has been utilized by producers such as King Jammy and Augustus “Gussie” Clarke.

Now VP Records has bestowed them with a three disc compilation containing 42 of their own productions and a DVD with almost two hours of material.

Steely, who sadly passed away in June 2009, and Clevie, have been in the music business since the 70’s. Their first recording together was Hugh Mundell’s classic Africa Must be Free (by 1983) produced by Augustus Pablo.

Afterwards, Steely & Clevie went different ways – Steely joined the famous Roots Radics band and Clevie joined In Crowd, led by producer, singer and song writer Fil Callender.

They met up again in the mid 80’s and from then on they’ve played on countless of hit songs coming out of Jamaica – both as session musicians at King Jammy’s studio as well as on their own after they opened their own facilities in 1988.

The 42 songs on Digital Revolution showcase an era in reggae, an era when technology and computers reigned in the studio and in the dancehalls. And Steely & Clevie were masters of handling drum machines and keyboards. Their innovative style paved the way for digital, percussion driven and groundbreaking riddims such as Punany, Duck and Cat’s Paw.

Digital Revolution includes plentiful of hits spanning over growling deejay Tiger’s When and soulful singer Garnett Silk’s Love is the Answer to more contemporary sounds in Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas’ smash hit Haffi Get da Gal Yah (Hot Gal Today).

Steely & Clevie’s importance in reggae music cannot be exaggerated and this anthology certainly shows the minds of geniuses.

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Ytterligare en reggaeikon till Zion

Ytterligare en reggaestjärna har tagit tåget till Zion. Den här gången är det keybordisten Wycliffe ”Steely” Johson som avlidit i sviterna av en hjärtattack, rapporterar bland annat Jamaican Star.

Enligt uppgifter hade Wycliffe Johnson var sjuk en tid och höll på att återhämta sig från tuberkulos och njurproblem.

Sorgligt nog lyckades han aldrig att bli riktigt bra.

Wycliffe Johson inledde sin karriär i supergruppen Roots Radics, och fortsatte karriären tillsammans med partnern Cleveland ”Clevie” Brown. Tillsammans bildade de Steely & Clevie.

Vid mitten av 80-talet var duon husband i bland annat King Jammys studio. De lyckades där befästa positionen som den främsta riddimduon på det sena 80-talets dancehallscen och tog därmed över stafettpinnen från Sly & Robbie.

Den nya digitala reggaen krävde en ny sorts musikalitet och kunskap. Steely & Clevie hade vad som krävdes och plötsligt ville alla arbeta med dem.

Wycliffe Johnsons gärning kan inte överskattas. Han och partnern Clevie har spelat på flera tunga tidiga digitala reggaeplattor, exempelvis klassiska Trouble Again aka Legal We Legal med King Kong och Sleng Teng med Wayne Smith.

Steely & Clevie gjorde ganska nyligen plattan Old to the New: A Steely & Clevie Tribute to Joe Gibbs Productions. Det är en samling 70-talshits som fått en fräsch ansiktslyftning med yngre sångare som Junior Kelly och Luciano.

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