Drummie Zeb, lead singer of British reggae band Aswad, has died aged 62.
A statement posted on the band’s Facebook page revealed the news.
“It is with deep regret and deep loss that we must announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye,” the statement read.
“Drummie was the lead singer of the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by family, friends and peers.”
The statement continued: “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.
Tributes to the late musician have started pouring in on social media.
UB4 guitarist and vocalist RB Campbell wrote: “RIP DRUMMIE ZEB. So sad to hear of the passing of Angus ‘Drummie Zeb’ Gaye, founding member, drummer and legendary vocalist of Aswad. Deepest condolences and sympathies to his family, friends and colleague.
UB40 member Ali Campbell added: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Drummie Zeb from Aswad. We have lost another Reggae pioneer in the UK.
Born to Grenadian parents, Gaye attended Hollow Park School in London, where he met fellow bandmates Aswad.
The group originally included Angus “Drummie Zeb” Gaye, Brinsley “Chaka B” Forde, Donald “Dee” Griffiths, George “Ras” Oban and Courtney “Khaki” Hemmings.
Aswad shot to fame in the 70s. Together they released 21 albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
They achieved a UK hit with the 1988 track ‘Don’t Turn Around’, which they followed up with another hit ‘Give a Little Love’.
Aswad’s most recent album has been released – titled city lock – in 2009. Before that, there were 2002 cool summer reggae.
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