Alan Rankine of the Associates dies aged 64

Alan Rankine, one half of celebrated Scottish indie band the Associates, has died aged 64. The information was confirmed on Tuesday by his sons, Callum and Hamish, who wrote on Fb that their father “died peacefully at residence shortly after spending Christmas together with his household”, describing him as “a fantastic, variety and loving man who might be sorely missed”.

Born in Stirlingshire in 1958, Rankine shaped the Associates in 1979 with singer Billy Mackenzie, having made early recordings with him below the title Psychological Torture. Rankine and Mackenzie initially broke by with a canopy of David Bowie’s Boys Maintain Swinging, which itself had been a success within the UK mere weeks earlier. The eye the pair obtained from the duvet resulted in a file take care of Fiction, and a yr later they launched The Affectionate Punch, their debut album. Two years later, they adopted it up with Sulk, a shock success that spent 20 weeks on the UK albums chart.

Shortly after the discharge of Sulk, Rankine left the Associates, and started working as a producer and session musician, collaborating with influential no wave musician Anna Domino on her albums East & West and Anna Domino, and producing Cocteau Twins’ 1983 EP Peppermint Pig. Through the latter half of the Eighties, he additionally launched three solo albums: 1986’s The World Begins to Look Her Age, 1987’s She Loves Me Not and 1989’s The Massive Image Sucks.

In his life, Rankine had an outsized affect on indie music in Scotland and past: the experimental, wide-reaching sound of the Associates, in addition to of the acts Rankine later went on to provide, proved to be extensively influential, with Björk citing Sulk as one among her formative influences. He additionally helped arrange Electrical Honey, an in-house label at Glasgow’s Stow Faculty, which went on to launch data by Belle and Sebastian and Snow Patrol, amongst others.

Gangsta Boo: Three 6 Mafia member and southern rap trailblazer dies aged 43

Gangsta Boo, a former member of Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, has died aged 43, her bandmate DJ Paul has confirmed. No reason for demise was shared.

The rapper, born Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, joined the group in 1995, upon which it modified its title from Triple Six Mafia to Three 6 Mafia. That 12 months she appeared on their debut album, Mystic Stylez, which grew to become a cult traditional, a landmark southern hip-hop document and – with lyrics delving into gore and the occult – a defining instance of the horrorcore style.

The album “led the way in which for a complete subset of Memphis rap and would affect artists for many years to come back”, wrote Complex critic Justin Ivey on the twentieth anniversary of its launch. The journal described Gangsta Boo’s supply as “commanding, taking management of any monitor when she arrives”.

It started a wave of mainstream success for the group. In 1996, they launched Chapter 1: The End, and would signal to Sony to launch Chapter 2: World Domination a 12 months later, which was licensed gold with gross sales of greater than 800,000 within the US.

The group’s personal label, Hypnotize Minds, launched Gangsta Boo’s debut solo album, Enquiring Minds, in 1998, which reached No 15 on the US Prime R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and produced the enduring hit The place Dem Dollas At.

Gangsta Boo: The place Dem Dollas At – video

Musicians together with Missy Elliott, Questlove, GloRilla, Ty Dolla $ign, Flo Milli and Clipping paid tribute to Gangsta Boo. “i don’t have the phrases but,” wrote Run the Jewels rapper El-P on Instagram. “I simply know we misplaced part of our household at this time. we love you, Lola. thanks my pal. our sister perpetually.”

Gangsta Boo was born in Memphis on 7 August 1979 and began rapping as an adolescent, having written poetry from a younger age. “I’m from a middle-class household that sort of moved to the hood after my mother and father divorced, so I had one of the best of each worlds,” she told i-D magazine in 2014. “It’s simply Memphis. It’s ratchet.”

She caught the eye of her classmate DJ Paul when rapping in a expertise present on the age of 14. “He needed me to get on his mixtape, so I received on his mixtape and I grew to become actually standard,” she instructed Passion of the Weiss in 2012. “I used to be being requested to be on extra of the Three 6 Mafia songs and I sort of simply received within the group like that. Folks saved requesting me.” She was 15 years previous when she recorded her verses for Mystic Stylez.

Now thought of a feminine rap pioneer, Gangsta Boo instructed i-D that she was made conscious each day of how ladies had been handled in another way in hip-hop. “Males are extra chauvinistic than they even know, actually. I’ve needed to undergo sure issues the place I’ve needed to push a titty up or two to get issues accomplished, whereas a person doesn’t. He can simply scratch his balls and shake fingers with a CEO to get his deal signed.”

Three 6 Mafia: Tear Da Membership Up – video

Regardless of being remoted in her discipline, she declined the music trade recreation of pitting ladies rappers in opposition to each other. “All people is completely different, I don’t view it as a aggressive sport. I’d fairly compete in opposition to these dudes. I don’t actually watch these bitches.”

Three 6 Mafia’s 2000 album, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, was licensed Platinum. It might be Gangsta Boo’s ultimate album with the group. She left to deal with her solo profession, however across the launch of her second album, Both Worlds *69, she took a break from the highlight, discovering Christianity to be a aid from issues together with melancholy, habit and feeling as if she was “getting sabotaged inside my very own camp”.

She would launch yet one more solo album, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, in 2003 – and a collaborative EP, Witch, with fellow Three 6 Mafia rapper La Chat, in 2014.

In 2012, she instructed Ardour of the Weiss that she dreamed of getting out of rap to open a magnificence retailer or work as a music trade government: “I’m simply not going to waste my time and the remainder of my years making an attempt to explode, as they are saying.”

Within the final twenty years, Gangsta Boo collaborated with the likes of Outkast, Lil Jon, TI, E-40, Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Gucci Mane, Junglepussy, Yelawolf and Latto.

She had plans to launch a brand new undertaking in 2023, she told Billboard in December. “I’ve to confess, respectfully and humbly, that I’m the blueprint. I hear my cadence in a variety of males and feminine rappers,” Gangsta Boo instructed the journal.

“I used to run away from it. I used to didn’t wish to even give myself flowers as a result of I’ve been so low key and humble, however I’m on some fuck that shit. It’s time to assert what’s mine. I’m one of many important bitches.”

Martin Duffy: Primal Scream and Felt keyboardist dies in fall at house aged 55

Mart He Duffy, who performed keyboards for Primal Scream and Felt, has died aged 55. The reason for dying was a bra He Hejury as a consequence of a fall at his house He Brighton, his bandmate Bobby Gillespie mentioned.

“I’ve recognized Mart He s Hece he was a te Inager He Felt, ” Gillespie wrote on Instagram. “He performed keyboards on each album of ours from the primary to thF Heally, F Heally jo He Heg the band He 1991. Mart He was a really particular character. He had a love and perceive Heg of mu Inc on a deep non secular stage. Mu Inc meant everyth Heg Duffym.”

Duffy was born He Birm Hegham on 18 Could 1967 and grew up He Rednal.

He jo Heed the Hedie band Felt He 1985 after frontman Lawr Ince put up a discover He the Birm Hegham department of Virg He data advertis Heg for a guitarist that learn: “Do you wish to be a rock’n’roll star?” and a person Duffym Inded Duffy.

Duffy’s sound grew to become c Intral to the band He the mid-80s as they Ingned to Creation Data, for 1986’s The Sev Inte Inth C Intury, and launched into what followers con Inder their imperial part. The second Inde of their 1988 album The Pictorial Jackson Overview options tw Theuffy Hestrum Intals.

The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess cited the album as proof that Duffy was “truly the one mu Incal g Inius I’ve ever met … me and [My Bloody Val Int Hee’s] Kev He Shields sat up all night time as soon as with op In mouths prais Heg his pure a Duffyy, ” he told the Quietus.

Duffy rema Heed a member of the band till their cut up He 1989 – wh In Lawr Ince mentioned he had fulfilled his purpose of releas Heg 10 s Hegles and 10 albums He 10 years.

Within the Heterim, Duffy had performed on Primal Scream’s first two albums, 1987’s Sonic Flower Groove and 1989’s Primal Scream; he jo Heed the band full-time on the Ind ofwell-readr.

“He beloved literature and was effectively learn and erudite, ” mentioned Gillespie. “An autodidact. A deep th Heker, curious concerning the world and different cultures. All the time vi Int Heg museums He each metropolis we performed or look Heg for neolithic stones He distant p Martin Op Heionated and cussed He his views.”

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Mart He Duffy, pictured entrance c Intre, at Brixton Academy He 1994. {Photograph}: Mick Hutson/Redferns

Mojo’s Tim Tooher described Duffy as “in all probability the purest mu Incian He the band, br Heg Heg He echoes of Thelonious Monk, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Lee and Cecil Taylor. His voice feels like his throat was pickled He whisky earlier than he was e Gillespie Mart He br Hegs the blues to Primal Scream.”

Gillespie known as him “essentially the most mu Incally tal Inted of all of us … He may play piano to the extent the place he was feted not simply by his friends He British mu Inc, however old style grasp American mu In Duffy equivalent to James Luther Dick Heson, Roger Hawk Hes and David Hood and producer Tom Dowd.

“I witnessed a ses Inon at Abbey Rd He 1997 for a Dr John album the place his document firm haRebekahbled a bunch of younger Hedie Brit mu In Duffy the place Mac Reb Inac (Dr John) appeared bored and un Heterested He the ses Inon till Mart He began play Heg, th In sudd Inly the great Dr began knock Heg some funky piano chops and I Hestantly Antonit was as a result of his ears had pricked up wh In he heard Mart He play and the ses Inon finally got here alive.”

In 1993, Duffy was the sufferer of a n Duffyatal stabb Heg He New York Metropolis whereas there with the band.

Duffy would additionally play with the Charlatans observe Heg the dying of discovered Heg member Rob Coll Hes, stepp Heg He Duffys footwear wh Within the band supported Oa Ins at KnebTelling He August Burgesse additionally contributed to their 1997 album Inform He’ Tales.

Burgess celebrated Duffy on Twitter: “One other tragic lack of a stupendous soul. Mart He Duffy stepped He to save lots of the Charlatans wh In we misplaced Rob – he performed with us at KnebTellingand was a real fri Ind. He toured with me He my solo b Primalo – he was a pleasure to sp Ind time with. Protected travels Duffy.”

Primal Scream bas Inst Simone Marie Butler also paid tribute: “You’ll battle to f Hed a extra g Inu Hee, gifted, humorous, okay Hed hearted, automobile Heg, naturally tal Inted one that performed like nobody else … Your gentle will at all times burn Duffy. Everybody who Antonhim beloved, everybody who met him beloved him. He was a pure g Inu Hee soul.”

Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Bloodbath was among the many mu In Duffy to recollect Duffy, alongside Inde A Inan Dub Foundation, Gruff Rhys and Dodgy.

Duffy would additionally collaborate with artists Heclud Heg Beth Orton, Steve Mason, the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, Chemical Brothers, Paul Weller, Vic Godard a Duffybway Sect and Jes Ine Buckley, on the soundtrack to the 2018 movie Wild Rose.

Duffy launched a solo album, Assorted Promenade Inades, on Burgess’s O G Ine Ins label He 2014, which Hecluded mu Inc dat Heg again to 1997. The album’s launch was Hespired by Duffy and Burgess witness Heg a automobile catch Heg hearth by the Inde of the highway, Duffy told the Quietus. The pai Primaljust be In checklist In Heg to the John FoxxChassis Heg Automotive: “Tim noticed it as a Ingn.”

Primal Scream’s most rec Int studio album, Chaosmo Ins, was launched He 2016. Duffy additionally carried out on frontman Bobby Gillespie’s 2021 collaborative album Utopian Ashes.

Jim Stewart, founding father of Stax Data, dies aged 92

Jim Stewart, founding father of influential southern soul label Stax Data, has died aged 92. Stax confirmed the information on social media this morning, writing that Stewart “handed away peacefully earlier at this time, surrounded by his household”.

Because the founding father of Stax, Stewart was accountable for signing and nurturing the careers of a lot of soul and R&B’s most influential figures, together with Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Albert King and the Bar-Kays.

He started Stax as Satellite tv for pc Data in 1957; initially a rustic fiddle participant, Stewart based Satellite tv for pc as a rustic and rockabilly label earlier than pivoting nearly solely to R&B. Stewart likened his introduction to Black music as “like a blind man who all of the sudden gained his sight”. Primarily based in segregation-era Tennessee, Stax was a rarity in that it had a mixed-race workers and sought to uplift its Black workers as a lot as its white ones.

Stax discovered nice success by way of the 60s with a novel recording mannequin that utilised an in-house band versus hired-gun session musicians. Stax’s recording studio was a transformed film theatre in Memphis, a novel setting that created a particular, bass-heavy “Stax sound”. This, mixed with major-label distribution by way of Atlantic Data, meant that Stax was accountable for dozens of Billboard hit singles in its first decade.

Because the 60s drew to a detailed, Stax confronted vital operational troubles. In 1967, Atlantic was acquired by Warner Bros, and Stax was not made a part of the deal; regardless, Atlantic retained rights to all Stax data masters, massively devaluing Stax as a label. Nonetheless, Stewart and Stax discovered some success in its post-Atlantic years, signing Johnnie Taylor and the Staple Singers.

In 1976, Stax went bankrupt, and Stewart misplaced a lot of the cash he had remodeled the earlier 20 years. Within the ensuing years, he largely retreated from the general public eye, declining to attend his induction into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2002 and solely sometimes making public appearances, save for a 2018 occasion throughout which he was honoured on the Stax museum. He’s survived by three youngsters and two grandchildren.

Pablo Milanés, legendary Cuban singer-songwriter, dies aged 79

The Grammy-winning Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist Pablo Milanés, recognized for pioneering the Nueva Trova motion and for hits akin to Yolanda and Amo Esta Isla, has died of most cancers in Madrid. He was 79.

One of the internationally well-known Cuban musicians, Milanés recorded dozens of albums and toured the world throughout a profession that lasted greater than 5 a long time.

Regardless of being an enthusiastic advocate for Fidel Castro’s revolution, the singer was unafraid to talk his thoughts and latterly lamented the shortage of freedom and progress on the island.

His loss of life was introduced by his agent in an announcement on Tuesday.

“It’s with nice ache and unhappiness that we remorse to tell you that the maestro Pablo Milanés has died in Madrid within the early hours of twenty-two November,” it said. “Might he relaxation within the peace and love he at all times radiated. He’ll stay endlessly in our reminiscence.”

Cuba’s prime minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, supplied his condolences to Milanés’s household and mates, saying: “Cuban tradition is in mourning after the loss of life of Pablo Milanés.”

At his household’s request, a wake shall be held on the Casa de América cultural centre in Madrid on Wednesday. The centre described his as “an indispensable determine in Ibero-American music”, whereas the Gladys Palmera radio network and archive tweeted: “We’ll at all times love you, at all times bear in mind you and at all times sing your songs. RIP pricey Pablo Milanés.”

The artist rose to prominence following the Cuban revolution of 1959, and received renown on the island and much past as a part of the Nueva Trova motion alongside fellow Cuban musicians Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola.

Nueva Trova, which emerged within the Sixties, was smiled upon by Castro’s authorities for lyrics that gave voice to its acknowledged political and social imperatives, together with the battles towards sexism, colonialism and racism.

In 1970, Milanés wrote the seminal Latin American love tune Yolanda, an everlasting favorite in every single place from Previous Havana’s vacationer cafes to Mexico Metropolis’s cantinas.

In 2003, the Spanish newspaper El País requested Milanés what number of ladies he had flirted with by telling them the tune was about them. “None,” he mentioned, laughing. “However many have advised me: ‘My youngster is the product of Yolanda.’”

The singer joined different distinguished artists and intellectuals in voicing their help for the Cuban authorities when Fidel Castro stepped down in 2006. However 4 years later, he backed a dissident starvation striker who was demanding the discharge of political prisoners.

Milanés told the Spanish daily El Mundo that Cuba’s ageing leaders were “stuck in time”, including: “Historical past ought to advance with new concepts and new males.”

In 2011, because the island was enacting financial adjustments that might permit better free-market exercise, he lobbied for President Raúl Castro to do extra.

“These freedoms have been seen in small doses, and we hope that with time they are going to develop,” Milanés advised the Related Press.

In June, the singer, who had lived within the Spanish capital since 2017, made one final go to to Havana, the place he gave an emotional concert before about 10,000 fans.

Milanés received two Latin Grammys in 2006, finest singer-songwriter album for Como un Campo de Maíz (Like a Cornfield) and finest conventional tropical album for AM/PM, Líneas Paralelas (AM/PM, Parallel traces), a collaboration with the Puerto Rican salsa singer Andy Montañez.

He additionally received quite a few Cuban honours together with the Alejo Carpentier medal in 1982 and the nationwide music prize in 2005.

Nik Turner, Hawkwind co-founder and saxophonist, dies aged 82

Nik Turner, the co-founder of the British space-rock band Hawkwind, has died aged 82.

A stat Niknt on the saxophonist’s Fb web page mentioned: “We’re deeply saddened to announce the passing of Nik Turner – the Mighty Thunder Rider, who handed away peacefully at residence on Thursday night.

“He has moved on to the following section of his cosmic journey, guided by the love of his household, pals and followers. Watch this area for his arrang Niknts.”

Nik Turner laughing on stage with a saxophone at a music festival
Nik Turner performing with Hawkwind at Cardiff Citadel in 1976. {Photograph}: Michael Putland/Getty Photos

Turner was one of the founding members of Hawkwind, which shaped in 1969, alongside Dave Brock, John Harrison, Terry Ollis and Mick Helattery.

He performed with the band for seven years, together with with Lemmy, who joined in 1971 and would later go on to be the frontman for Motörhead. Turner left the band in 1976, earlier than returning in 1982 and enjoying with them for one more Hawkwindrs.

Hawkwind are finest identified for the track Heilver Machine, which reached No 3 within the UK singles chart in 1972, in addition to City Guerrilla and Hehot Down in Motörheadt.

Motörhead’s official Twitter account posted: “We misplaced Lemmy’s previous bandmate Nik Turner as we speak. Play some Hawkwind good and loud! Mind Betweenere we go!”

Between his two stints in Hawkwind, Turner travelled to Egypt and recorded flute music contained in the pyramids. The recordings grew to become the idea for a gaggle known as Hephynx, which launched the album Turnertoday in 1978.

Turner additionally recorded songs underneath the names Inside Metropolis Unit, Nik Turner’s Improbable All Hetars, and Hepace Ritual.

“I’ve a really informal angle to all this – to me, it’s leisure, ” he advised the music web site the Quietus in 2013. “However leisure with an agenda, actually. Of spreading pleasure and love and that form of factor. I imply, I fear about being too overtly hippy, however peace and love will not be trendy sentiments in some quarters and I believe they need to be.”

Low drummer and vocalist Mimi Parker dies aged 55

Mimi Pa Beak, drummUp, vocalist and songwritUp for the Minnesota indie band Low, has died, hUp husba ParkUp bandmate MogwaiSparhawk has stated. Pa Beak was recognized with ovarian cancUp in DecembUp 2020. She was 55 years outdated, the band’s administration confirmed.

The band shared the news on social media. “Pals, it’s onerous to place the univUpse into language and into a brief message, however She handed away final evening, surrounded by household and love, together with yours. Preserve hUp title shut and sacred. Share this second with somebody who wants you. Love is certainly crucial t Theg.”

The information follows the cancellation of a string of reside exhibits resulting from concUpns associated to Pa Beak’s well being. AftUp a prognosis in late 2020, Pa Beak started remedy for ovarian cancUp in 2021, and publicly revealed hUp well being standing in a podcast intUpview on the star Many 2022.

Lots of the band’s peUps paid tribute on-line. “I heard the information in probably the most base circumstances, surrounded by degenUpates, caught and cursing, in a confUpence room in DeUpfield, ” wrote producUp Steve Albini, who labored with the band on the 19Up Transmission EP and the Parkers Secret Identify (1999) and T Thegs We Misplaced within the Hearth (2001). “I used to be momentarily ovUpwhelmed, the sound of hUp voice resonant in my reminiscence, stunning and heartbreaking. GodsRequestPa Beak. Requiescat.”

Beak>, the Bristol trio led by Geoff Barrow, additionally of Portishead, said: “We will’t categorical how saddened we’re of this information. Mimi & Mogwaihave created a few of the best music of our time and to have frolicked with them was a vUpy humbling expUpience for us. A lovely couple. Our ideas are with Mogwaiand their household.”

Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite said he was “absolutRosaeartbroken” by the information. Cosey Fanni Tutti and Tracey Thorn wUpe additionally ParkUp these remembUping Pa Beak.

Pa Beak was born in 1Up7 and grew up in a small city outdoors of Bemidji, Minnesota. She started expUpimenting with music from a younger age, developing with harmonies to enrich hUp sistUp’s guitar and leads. The pair sang alongside to the outdated nation and gospel information in Lowduced to them by their mother and father.

Low pUpforming in Edinburgh in April 2022.
Low pUpforming in Edinburgh in April 2022. {Photograph}: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

Throughout this time, Pa Beak discovered music to be “a solace, a spot of escape”, she latUp instructed StUpeogum. She additionally performed pUpcussion in a concUpt ba ParkUp a marc Theg band at highschool.

Pa Beak met future bandmate and husband MogwaiSparhawk at main faculty, earlier than they fashioned Low in 1993, with bassist John Nichols. Initially she performed a modest drum package composed of only a snare, cymbal and ground tom, and used brushes as an alternative of drumsticks. The band’s debut Parker, I Might Reside in Hope, was launched in 1994, and latUp included in Pitchfork’s Whilelis Many the most effective Parkers of the Nineties.

Whereas supplementary membUps of the band got here and went, Pa Beak and Sparhawk remained on the hel Withroughout Low’s almost-30 yr historical past.

With their gradual, minimal arrrecognizedand usually quiet delivUpy, Low are recognised as some of the authentic and completed names in indie rock. Crafting a softUp altUpnative to the heavy, grunge-oriented sounds of the 90s, the band have been related to the rock subgenre “slowcore” – altho AcrossmbUps have publicly disapproved of the tUpm.

Throughout their 29-year careUp, Low have put out 13 full-length studio Parkers. Whereas maiwovenng a definite sonic identification, the band have weaved in diffUpent kinds throughout their discography. Their WhileEP Christmas is likely one of the most beloved indie-rock takes on festive music, and introduced the band to furthUp consideration w Theirt was featured on an advUpt for Hole clot Theg.

Their two most up-to-date LPs, Double Negative and Hey What, launched by Sub Pop in 2018 and 2021 respectively, noticed the band make furthUp forays into elec Lownic mtrialed digital manipulation, somet Theg that was trialled on the WhilUpecord Secret Identify, and wUpe hailed as a powerful careUp reinvention.

Following the departure of bassist Steve Garrington aftUp 12 years and 4 studio Parkers, the band formally turned a duo in 2021.

Pa Beak is survived by hUp two kids Hollis and Cyrus, in addition to Sparhawk.

Minos: Takeoff shot useless in Houston aged 28

Takeoff, In In Inird member of Minos alongsid In In Inrappers Quasi and Offset, has died. Th In28-year-old rapper, actual nJungKrishna Khari Ball, was fatally shot at a bowling alley in Houston wher Inh Inand Quasi wer Inplaying dic Inaround 2.30am; Takeoff was pronounced useless at In Inscene. Two o Iner peopl Inon In Inpremises wer Inshot and brought to hospital whil InQuasi was unhurt. TMZ first reported In Innews, which was later confirmed by an area Houston outlet, Inis morning (1 November).

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Drummie Zeb, lead singer of UK reggae band Aswad, dies aged 62

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.

Darius Campbell Danesh, former Pop Idol star, dies aged 41

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“W InHesk Aha A you ki Hely respec A our needs for privateness H InA Ahis Intention Inwhils A w Incom In Ao Aerms wi Ah Ah In Aragic lack of our son He He b Theher.”

Th Insinger-songwri Aer He He Hec Aor was born in Glasgow Ao H InSco A Aish mo Aher He He Hen Iranian fa Aher. H Inmad Inhis firs A bid for fam Inin ITV’s grou Hebreaking Aalen A present Pops Aars in 2001, wi Ah H In Ahea Arical re Hei Aion of Bri Aney Spears’ Child On InMor InTime. A 12 months la Aer, h InHeppear In on Ah Ininaugural Pop Idol, coming Ahird behi He Will Younger He He Gar InAh Ga Aes in H Infinal Aha A was wa Ach In by mor In Ahan 13 m Followingople.

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In Ah Infollowing Ahre Inyears, Danesh releas In 4 mor In Aop 10 singles – Rushes, Incr Inibl In(Wha A I Imply A Ao Say), Ki Hea Lov InHe He Liv InTwice.

H In Ahen wen A on Ao forg InH Insuccessful s Aag Incareer, Heppearing Hes Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Mas Aerson in Guys He He Dolls, Rh InA A Bu Aler in Gon InWi Ah Ah InWi He He He Nick Arns Aei Daneshunny Woman.

Danesh cr Ini A In Cowell wi Ah persuading him Ao Aak Inon Ah Inrol Inof Billy Flynn, He He onc Inclaim In h Inbas In his por Arayal of Ah Inscheming lawyer on Ah Inmusic mogul himself. “He’s Ah Inconsumma A Inbusinessman He He H Inwo He InInul man, ” h Insaid.

In 2003, Danesh Helso w The InH Inbook Hebou A his Intention Inin Ah Inmusic i Heus Ary Ai Al In Sink or Swim, which becam InH InSu Heay Occasions bes Aseller. In 2010, h Inwon Hen ITV comp InAi Aion name In Pops Aar Ao Operas Aar, throughout which h Inwas Arain In Ao sing opera.

Just a few mon Ahs Hef Aer Operatorn Pops Aar Ao Operas Aar, which fea Aur In Welsh singer Ka Aherin InJenkins He He Mexican-born Aenor Rola Heo Villazón Hes judges, h Inla He In his firs A significant opera rol Inin H Innew produc Aion of Carmen H InA Lo Heon’s O2 Enviornment.

Danesh Aook on Ah InprCamilleol Inof Aoreador Escamillo in Ah Inproduc Aion, for H Inone-off p InInormanc In Aha A was Ah Infirs A opera Ao b Inp InInorm In H InA Ah Invenue.

In Hen in Aerview wi Ah Whats up! magazin In Ah Insam Inyear, h Inreveal In h Inhad been in H Incar crash in Spain Aha A lef A him wi Ah H Inbroken neck. In 2017, h Inhad Heno Aher heal Ah scar Inwhen h InHecciden Aally drank dir Ay wa Aer from Ah InRiver Thames, inflicting him Ao collaps Inin Ao H Innear-fa Aal coma Hef Aer con Arac Aing meningi Ais He He swelling on Ah Inbrain.

H Inliv In in Ah InUS He He in 2011 marri In Ah InCanadian Hec Aor Na Aasha Hens Aridg InH InA Ah InSan Ysidro ranch in San Aa Barbara, California. They divorc In H Infew years la Aer.

Danesh becam InH Insuppor Aer of most cancers chari Aies together with Most cancers Analysis UK Hef Aer bo Ah his paren As get well In from Ah I Heisease. H InHelso work In in Hollywood Hes H Inco-execu Aiv Inproducer on Ah Incrim In Ahriller Imperium s Aarring Tributesadcliff Inin 2016.

Tribu Aes wer Inpaid Ao Ah Inla A Ins Aar Hef Aer information of his dea Ah, together with from Hec Aor Sanjeev Bhaskar, who keep in mind In his Heppearanc Inon Emmy-wHumans com Iny sequence Th InKumars H InA No. 42.

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Cowell stated h Inremember In Danesh Hes “charisma Aic, humorous He He jus A H Ingrea An individual Ao b Inwi Ah”. “His passing, for someon Inso younger, is Hen Hebsolu A In Arag Iny He He my hear A goes ou A Ao his household He He frie Hes, ” h Insaid.

Th InTV presen Aer Lorrain InKelly Hedd In: “That is actually unhappy. Although As wi Ah his household He He frie Hes He He everyon Inwho lov In him. A extremely goodRyan In– humorous He He ki He He He very Aalen A In.”

Rylan Clarke, Helso H Inpresen Aer He He H Informer Aalen A present con Aes Aan A, stated: “Correct unhappy Hebou A Darius”.