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Macka B

Macka B is a British-born reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica and he is one of Britain's most influential dancehall toasters.

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Macka B

As a practising Rastafarian, Macka B's music is based around the political and spiritual message of the religion, with an often light and humorous touch. Working with the Mad Professor, he combined dancehall and dub styles of reggae, although has avoided a more commercial crossover approach. He takes his name from the Judean rebels against the Greeks, the Maccabees.

Macka B is one of Britain's most influential dancehall toasters, pushing the music back toward a Rastafarian political consciousness. His rough, gravelly vocals gave him an instantly identifiable sound, and his production -- chiefly handled by Mad Professor -- updated dub reggae techniques for the dancehall age, proving that the two sounds weren't mutually exclusive. Although the vast majority of Macka B's material is devoted to spiritual and social messages, he lightens the mood with occasional humorous novelty material. He is staying true to the sound and spirit of reggae's roots. His 1986 album Sign of the Times still remains a milestone of British reggae.

Macka B won British Best Male DJ awards in 1991 and 1992. His 1993 record, Roots Ragga was a live album. Here Comes Trouble (1994) produced the international hit "Squeeze Me". "Road Rage" from the Suspicious album was popular on Australian youth radio station Triple J in 1998/9. Roots & Culture (1999) mixed Macka B's hits with previously unreleased material.

In 2012 he published Change The World, the album that took him to an extensive European tour.

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