Published: 3:22 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022 | Updated: 4:07 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022
Aswad Drummie singer Zeb has died aged 62.
The reggae band announced the death of its frontman in a statement on Facebook on Friday as it paid tribute to the musician and confirmed that more details would be released later.
His cause of death has not been announced.
Aswad Drummie singer Zeb has died: The lead singer has died aged 62, the band revealed as they released a statement saying they ‘leave a huge void’ (pictured in 2021)
The statement read: ‘It is with deep regret and deep loss that we must announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.
“Drummie was the lead singer of the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by family, friends and peers.
“More information will be given at a later date, but on behalf of his family and Aswad, we ask that their privacy be respected at this heartbreaking time.”
“Drummie left us to join our ancestors and leaves a huge void both personally and professionally.”
Sad news: The reggae band frontman has died aged 62 and the band announced the news in a statement on Friday (pictured with Brinsley Forde and Tony Gad Various)
Tribute: The group confirmed in a statement on Facebook that more details will be released later. His cause of death has not been announced.
Members of UB40 were quick to pay their respects, with frontman Ali Campbell mourning the loss of the “reggae pioneer”.
Ali tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Drummie Zeb from Aswad. We have lost another Reggae pioneer in the UK. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Aswad family @TheRealAswad. Great love’.
Singer Matt Hoy also paid tribute by tweeting: RIP Drummie.. Very sad news!! Aswad ′, while Robin Campbell added: ‘RIP DRUMMIE ZEB
“So sad to hear of the passing of Angus “Drummie Zeb” Gaye, founding member, drummer and legendary vocalist of Aswad. Condolences and most sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Tragic: Members of UB40 were quick to pay their respects, with frontman Ali Campbell mourning the loss of the ‘pioneer of reggae’
Drummie grew up in London and shot to fame with Aswad in the 1970s, with the band releasing 21 albums over the years and earning three Grammy nominations.
Apart from being a talented singer and drummer, Drummie has also worked as a record producer.
Aswad’s hits included 1988’s Don’t Turn Around, the 1994 classic Shine and Give a Little Love and they performed with Sir Cliff Richard in 1989 for a rendition of Share a Dream at Wembley Stadium in London.
Iconic: Drummie grew up in London and rose to fame with Aswad in the 1970s with the group releasing 21 albums over the years (pictured in 1988)
The band underwent a line-up change in 1996 which left Drummie and Tony ‘Gad’ Robinson to continue Aswad as a duo.
In the late 1990s Aswad toured with The Wailers and Drummie was later recruited as a replacement drummer for the band. He toured with singer Kenny Chesney after meeting him while recording a collaboration with The Wailers.
Aswad released his last album – City Lock – in 2009. Drummie was a father of six children and a grandchild.
Sad loss: Aswad released his last album – City Lock – in 2009. Drummie was the father of six children and a grandchild (pictured in 2018)