Dennis Bovell  

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"The pioneering UK producer whose 70s work moved between lovers rock (Janet Kay's "Silly Games"), dub-into-punk experimentalism (The Pop Group, Slits, Orange Juice), the first wave of UK roots consciousness (Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson) and his own sly, sonic explorations (Ah Who Seh? Go Deh!, Strictly Dubwize). Bovell has recently emerged from a long period of obscurity to take his rightful place in the 90s roots revival with a new album, Dub Dem Silly." "The A to Z of Dub"", David Toop

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Dennis Bovell (born 1953, Saint Peter, Barbados, West Indies) is a reggae guitarist and record producer. He was a member of the British reggae band Matumbi, and released dub-reggae records under his own name as well as the pseudonym 'Blackbeard'. Bovell is widely credited as the inventor of lover's rock - a style of reggae with light apolitical, romantic lyrical themes, marketed towards young women. He is also known for attempting to fuse disco rhythms with reggae, most notably with the hit song "Silly Games" by Janet Kay.

He moved to England with his family at the age of twelve. He has produced albums by a wide variety of artists including I-Roy, The Thompson Twins, The Pop Group and The Slits. He has collaborated with poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson for much of his working life.

Dennis Bovell has also co-written and co-produced the majority of rising British Reggae sensation Bobby Kray. His Debut album "Tales From A Skinny White Boy" which was released in August 2007, features the lead single "Silly Games", Covered by Bobby Kray, Produced by Dennis Bovell with Backing vocals by Janet Kay.

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