Dennis Brown articles from Stan "The Man" Smith
Evan Smith (music editor for Caribbean Style
Newspaper and a contributing writer for the West Indian Times; Co-host
and co-producer of "Reggae Roundtable" on WBAI 99.5 FM
in New York) pulls no punches with his articles on Dennis Brown.
Click on the titles below to read each of Stan's articles.
WE CLOSE THE DENNIS BROWN 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE WITH LOVE AND
Peace and may the goodness be surrounding your
family and friends. Well my excellent ones, we come to the close
of the Dennis Brown 50th Anniversary Tribute. The man, the legend
is one of the reggae greats. A true pioneer with vision and integrity
for truth, Dennis Brown’s first performance was with the
legendary calypso band Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. His first
recording was in 1969 and his last was the song "SOON DEPART"
for producer Karl Pitterson on June 18, 1999. Dennis Brown was
a hard worker recording constantly and consistently over 200 hundred
singles and 70 albums. I think that is where Tupac got his inspiration
from. Dennis Brown worked with all of the top reggae producers
of that time and the hits rolled in one after another. From the
beginning with "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND" in 1969 to the
last one "Stop fighting", which is an anthem to some
‘stop the war’ advocates in this present time. The
man had vision. His A&M Records recordings like "LOVE
HAS FOUND A WAY","FOUL PLAY" and "THE PROPHET
RIDES AGAIN" all were well received by the public and the
critics. He received a Grammy nomination for the album "TEMPERATURE
RISING". Quality stage performances was what Dennis Brown
brought to every venue he played worldwide. Dennis Brown has influenced
all of the new reggae singers. He was a man with dynamic style
and vocal dominance. He will be missed but his legacy and music
continues. Please visit the Website that captures all the true
essence of this reggae great at http://www.dbtribute.org. You
also can buy unreleased music and purchase many quality products
relating to Dennis Brown.
Enjoy the reggae and we continue in enhancing the genre for this
Generation and many more to come.