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Published on Apr 26, 2008
Aswad ("Black" in Arabic) are a long lasting British reggae group, that is noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the early 1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. As naturalised children of immigrants from the Caribbean, part of the aftermath of World War II, the "kids" were moved to London. They attended a local high school near Ladbroke Grove, and various junior schools as Tan Tan children of immigrants from the Caribbean based in West London in 1975. The original members of Aswad were Brinsley Forde, George Oban, Drummie Zeb and Donald Griffiths. Courtney Hemmings was a frequent contributor in the 1970s, including as part of the backing band on Burning Spear's 1979 Live album, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London.