A happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a lovin’ race.
Awarded an Order of the British Empire and an Ivor Novello for his pioneering efforts in giving ‘black British music a soul of its own’, Jazzie B’s contribution to culture has eclipsed the popularity of the beloved sound system he co-founded in the 80s. Although connected both fundamentally and spiritually with Soul II Soul, Jazzie’s artistry and abilities have allowed him a perennial career as a powerful influencer and orginator.
Jazzie has co-written and produced a series of tracks with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown; produced and remixed for among others, Public Enemy (So Whatcha Gonna Do); Fine Young Cannibals (I’m Not The Man I Used To Be); Ziggy Marley; Isaac Hayes; Nas; Destiny’s Child; and memorably, Family Stand’s international triumph, Ghetto Heaven.
An in-demand DJ, Jazzie has played London’s Lovebox, the Southport Weekender and Baltic Festival amongst many others – and now Vibes On A Summer’s Day. He described his performance at Back II Life Antigua as the ‘emotional high point’ of his career, where he shared a billing with the legendary Trevor Nelson & Norman Jay.