Rod Taylor: born 2 March 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Taylor, known as Rocky T, came to prominence in 1978 with Bertram Brown’s Freedom Sounds collective, noted for introducing Prince Allah, Earl Zero, Philip Frazier, Jimmy Dean, Sylvan White and Lloyd Jackson. Taylor recorded his debut, "Ethiopian Kings", based on Frankie Jones’ avowal that many biblical heroes were black men: ‘King David - he was a black man - King Solomon he was a black man - King Moses - he was a black man - from Africa yeah - they fight for equal rights and justice’. The song was an instant hit, which led to sessions with Mikey Dread for the equally popular "His Imperial Majesty", which featured a well-used rhythm, immortalized in dub as "Saturday Night Style".
Mikey Dread: Michael George Campbell (4 June 1954 – 15 March 2008), better known as Mikey Dread, was a Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster. He was one of the most influential performers and innovators in reggae music. His music and productions attracted the attention of British punk rockers The Clash, who invited him over to England to tour with them in 1980, going on to produce some of their music. Although initially suspicious of the strangers, Campbell soon became the best of friends with the band, producing their famous "Bankrobber" single and performing on several songs on their 1980 album Sandinista!. Campbell also toured with The Clash across Britain, Europe, and the US, gaining many new fans along the way.
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