Dennis Emmanuel Brown had a voice as smooth as a honey-dipped spliff. His roots-reggae anthems, such as Revolution, Wolves and Leopards, and Love and Hate, influenced a generation of performers, and Bob Marley declared the dreadlocked troubadour his favorite singer.
I refer to Dennis Brown as Jamaicas most prolific artist. He produced well over 80 albums. Name a genre of music, and he has touched on it, says the ever-eloquent Caribbean DJ Kevin Ital-K Smith. I met him once, very early on in my broadcasting career. I remember being speechless and in awe. After a life of big hits and fast living, Dennis Brown died of pneumonia July 1, 1999. And for the past seven years, local fans have made a pilgrimage to Tavern on the Green for the Annual Remembering Dennis Brown Tribute. If youre a fan, this is an event not to be missed, because all night long, its hits galore, says Ital-K. London Connection and Sister Liveth will spin wicked tribute sessions, and Marcia Ball will perform live. Ital-K plans to play many of Browns UK releases.
Fri., July 14, 10 p.m.