Probably the UKs most highly regarded roots reggae outfit, Steel Pulse originally formed at Handsworth School, Birmingham, and comprised David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ronnie McQueen (bass). However, it is Hinds who, as songwriter, has always been the driving force behind Steel Pulse, from their early days establishing themselves on the Birmingham club scene. Formed in 1975, their debut release, Kibudu, Mansetta And Abuka, arrived on the small independent label Dip, and linked the plight of urban black youth with the image of a greater African homeland. They followed it with Nyah Love for Anchor. Surprisingly, they were initially refused live dates in Caribbean venues in the Midlands because of their Rastafarian beliefs. Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organization, they chose to tour with sympathetic elements of the punk movement, including the Stranglers and XTC....
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