Macka B is a British-born reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning almost 30 years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He is without doubt one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters, pushing the music back toward a Rastafarian political consciousness. His rough, gravelly vocals gave him an instantly identifiable sound, and his production — chiefly handled by Mad Professor — updated dub reggae techniques for the dancehall age, proving that the two sounds aren’t mutually exclusive. Although the vast majority of Macka B’s material is devoted to spiritual and social messages, he does lighten the mood with occasional humorous novelty material. He shunned any aspirations for a commercial crossover, however, staying true to the sound and spirit of reggae’s roots. His 1986 album “Sign of the Times” still remains a milestone of British reggae, and he continued to record for Mad Professor’s Ariwa label into the new millennium. Now with 19 albums under his belt in 2011 Macka B continues to tour extensively, often working with the Royal Roots Band.
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