Musician Angus “Drummie Zeb” Gaye, the lead vocalist and drummer for the British reggae band Aswad, has died aged 62, in keeping with an announcement.
“It’s with deepest remorse and profound loss that we now have to announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye,” the band mentioned. “Drummie has left us to hitch our ancestors and leaves an enormous void each personally and professionally.”
Aswad, the trio of Angus Gaye, Brinsley Forde and Tony Robinson, had been the primary reggae band within the UK signed to a global label, Island Data, within the Seventies, and swiftly grew to become a basic British reggae act creating 15 albums in twenty years.
Beloved for worldwide hits Don’t Turn Around and Give A Little Love, Aswad additionally contributed to the Free Nelson Mandela marketing campaign with their chart hit Set Them Free, in keeping with their administration, Spaine Music.
“Aswad are nonetheless very related within the twenty first century as will be seen by the various festivals they seem on each within the UK and all over the world,” Spaine Music mentioned.
“Aswad, after greater than 25 years, are nonetheless the purveyors of the UK reggae scene and can proceed to be means into the following millennium.”
Born to Grenadian mother and father in London, Gaye was a former pupil at Holland Park faculty, in keeping with the Mirror.
Described as “a lot liked and revered” by his household, pals and friends, the band mentioned additional info can be given sooner or later, and requested for privateness for Gaye’s household and the band at this “heartbreaking time”.
In a tribute on-line, the previous UB40 frontman Ali Campbell mentioned: “Very unhappy to listen to the passing of Aswad’s Drummie Zeb. We’ve misplaced one other UK Reggae pioneer. Deepest condolences exit to the entire Aswad household.”
Followers additionally shared tributes on-line. One individual recalled an encounter with Gaye in Gibraltar, describing the musician as a gentleman, “to no shock”. One other, who mentioned they had been an previous schoolfriend from Holland Park, mentioned: “It was an honour to have identified you. Once I discuss to my pals about music, I all the time point out you & your music,” they wrote.
The reason for loss of life is unknown.