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Reggae’s Crown Prince

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 Jamaica’s 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 you’re a fan, this is an event not to be missed, because all night long, it’s 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 Brown’s UK releases.
Fri., July 14, 10 p.m.


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