20th Sep, 2018

British reggae superstars Aswad are ready to ‘Shine’ at their headline show in Coventry this month.

BRITISH reggae superstars Aswad are ready to ‘Shine’ at their headline show in Coventry this month.

The duo will bring their nostalgic summer vibes to the city when they perform at Rialto Reborn on Saturday, July 29.

Aswad shot to fame in 1988 with the release of their huge hit ‘Don’t Turn Around’, which reached top spot in the UK singles chart.

Then a trio, they went on to release ‘Shine’ in 1995, which reached number five in the charts and has since become a mainstay on summer playlists across the country.

Brinsley Forde left the band in 1996, leaving the current line-up of Tony ‘Gad’ Robinson and Angus ‘Drummie Zeb’ Gaye.

Since releasing their first record ‘Back To Africa’ in 1975, the reggae pioneers have gone on to release 21 albums over their career.

Now recognised as one of the UK’s best ever reggae bands, they have been on stage for more than four decades and ‘Gad’ says reggae music is still as strong as ever.

He said: “We’ve been on the road playing reggae music for 40 years now and we’re still loving it. Reggae music is still strong, you can hear the huge influence it is having on pop music every day.

“There wasn’t really an urban scene when we started up, we watched it build and build and now urban music from the UK is respected worldwide.

“We hear samples from our tunes all over the place, technology has completely changed the game.”

Their success has seen them earn three Grammy Award nominations and work with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, the Bee Gees and Dennis Brown.

Aswad still play more than 40 shows every year but the Rialto Reborn show will be a rare opportunity to see the duo in an intimate club venue.

“Performing live is still the best part of what we do, you need to be able to play live and that’s what we have always done, that’s our World Cup Final,” said Gad.

“We want to play what the crowd love, the big hits and mix in some underground stuff too.

“I don’t know how long we will stay doing what we’re doing but as long as we enjoy it, we’ll keep going.

“When we get on stage we get everyone moving and as long as everyone has a smile on their face then we know we’re doing something right.”

Doors open on Saturday, July 29 from 7:30pm, with the bar open at Rialto Reborn until 2.00am. Advanced tickets for Aswad cost £25 and are available from www.showtimelive.co.uk

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