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The Gladiators

For over three decades, Albert Griffiths and his Gladiators have been a major force within Jamaican music.


The Gladiators

The Gladiators are in the arena since 1967, date when Albert Griffiths formed the band of which the name was suggested for him in a bus by a traveler that had just seen the movie Ben Hur. The idea of these men that fought for their liberty, a little to the picture of fight for them against Babylone, seduces immediately the rastas. and stick besides again today to the hardness of Jamaïca. This is to this period that they had their first hit Hello Carol and that they establish their name on the local market, from this notoriety beginning they produce true gems that will become as much classics such that  Roots Natty or  Bongo Red.

In 1976 their career becomes international itself thanks to the signature with Virgin of the legendary Trenchtown Mix Up. During some years the Gladiators divide the top of the poster in the environment of the reggae with artists as U-Roy, Aswad or Toots & the Maytals and produce several albums even at first years 80 where two major events marked the beginning of a black period.

Father and sons recorded at Anchor studio in Kingston-Jamaica was released with his sons: Al and Anthony, singing and drum. It was the 2004’s tour music where Albert Griffiths says goodbye to his fans. It is his final album. Today, Albert Griffiths lives at Saint Elizabeth and his son Al keeps spreading Gladiators music. He impresses with his voice and his presence on stage, with the original band.

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