Latin Quarter

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This underrated UK band was the brainchild of social activists Mike Jones and Steve Skaith. The duo began writing together in the early 80s after meeting as members of Big Flame, a political organisation concerned with social justice. They formed Latin Quarter in autumn 1983 with guitarist Richard Wright. Jones took up the unusual position of non-performing lyricist, while guitar player Skaith was installed as the band’s lead vocalist. Yona Dunsford (vocals/piano) and Carol Douet (vocals) joined the trio at the end of the year, with the line-up completed by Richard Stevens (drums), Greg Harewood (bass) and Steve Jeffries (keyboards) by the time the band’s debut ‘Radio Africa’ was released in September 1984. The single set the blueprint for Latin Quarter’s modus operandi, with Jones’ articulate deconstruction of global ills framed within a smooth mélange of pop, folk and world music. The band was signed by Rockin’ Horse...

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