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English Beat UK Tour starts Friday 07 March!

Hey Beat fans,

Just a reminder that Dave and the band will be back on his home shores again for a UK tour beginning Friday 07 March!

The band is really looking forward to meeting all the fans on tour, reliving some cherished memories and making some brilliant new ones!



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Will You Be Our Valentine? XOXO

Hey Beat fans,

We just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and loving Valentine’s Day today! And in the spirit of the day we’re sending a little Valentines card to you, below, in the form of the music video & the original lovely lyrical UK advert for “Doors of Your Heart”.



cheers me dears,

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Sala kahle, Nelson Mandela. Hero, statesman and humanitarian.

Well Beat fans, it is with a very heavy heart that we join the world in bidding farewell to a truly great person. Nelson Mandela has passed away.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013), a former South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, a former political prisoner, a politician, philanthropist and the Father of the South Africa nation, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, died on December 5th, 2013, at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95. He was surrounded by his family.

Nelson Mandela in Office as President of South Africa
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.
Attribution: South Africa The Good News /

Dave Wakeling, had this say on the news of Mr. Mandela’s passing:

“Thank you Nelson Mandela for what you did for us all. Your example will always be an inspiration; Blessed be.”

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It a stupendous loss to the world and we send out our deepest sympathies and heart felt wishes to his family and friends, the people of South Africa, and indeed all the good people of the world who are most certainly mourning his loss today.

Album Cover: “(Free) Nelson Mandela” by Special AKA Feat. Elvis Costello, Lynval Golding,
Dave Wakeling, and Ranking Roger (among others) on backing vocals

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“During my Lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”
–Nelson Mandela
–Statement from the dock, 20 April 1964

Brave words that day from a man committed to the struggle for human rights. But he did not die in prison and rather, Mandela lived to see the day when he was released from prison (2 Feb 1990), he saw the vile apartheid system dismantled, and he would go on to lead his country as President in the nascent stage of becoming a free society.

Those moments were captured for posterity as well, and here again (via the magic of YouTube) is the man himself, on two more historic occasions:

“Nelson Mandela: An International tribute to Free South Africa concert”
From a speech delivered on 16 April 1990, at Wembley Stadium, two months after his release from prison. (Note, as befitting the man, the crowd cheers for over five minutes, at which point the speech begins.)

Nelson Mandela: Inaugural Address
From a speech delivered on 10 May 1994, upon his Inauguration as the new President of the Republic of South Africa.

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Finally, we simply can’t leave you without sharing what, especially to many young people of the day (like myself) was an anthem and rallying cry for freedom, liberty, and humanity: the Special AKA’s “(Free) Nelson Mandela”.

Watch with us now, sing along, and pay tribute to the man and think about what he meant to you, personally, and to the world:

He meant a hell of a lot to me.
So I say, from me to you, Nelson Mandela, “Amandla awethu!”

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RIP Junion Murvin, Ska Legend

Sad news for the music world today as The Jamaica Observer reported on the passing of another legendary ska/reggae singer, Junior Murvin, best known for his fantastic, haunting falsetto on such classic tracks as “Police & Thieves”. The track was produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry in 1976.

The track, to me, epitomized everything great about ska. While it was written about the turf wars and police violence in hos home of Jamaica, it also became strongly closely associated with London’s Notting Hill Carnival, which ended in rioting that same year. It was covered by the The Clash and included on their eponymous debut album in 1977. The track was a Top UK hit in 1980.

Our thoughts go out to Junior Murvin’s loved ones, he’s survived by five children and eight grandchildren. He was a gifted performer and will be sorely missed.

His Wikipedia entry (edited), for your further edification:

He was born in Saint James Parish, Jamaica, in 1949, moving to Port Antonio after his father’s death. He began singing as a child, influenced particularly by Curtis Mayfield, and began performing in public after his family moved to Montego Bay. He studied mechanics at the Montego Bay Technical High School, and then moved to Trenchtown in Kingston, where he lived with his aunt and auditioned unsuccessfully for Lee Perry and Coxsone Dodd. He first recorded under the name Junior Soul for Sonia Pottinger’s Gayfeet label, and then began recording regularly for the Crystal label owned by Derrick Harriott, where he had a minor hit with “Solomon” in 1972. He also performed as a member of the Hippy Boys, and later the Mighty Falcons and the Tornadoes, in Kingston’s nightclubs and tourist hotels.

In 1976, he auditioned again for Perry with his own song, “Police and Thieves”. This time Perry agreed to record him, and the single was released to international commercial success in Jamaica, Britain and elsewhere. Though written in the context of Jamaica’s turf wars and police violence, it became closely associated with the rioting at London’s Notting Hill Carnival that year. Murvin and Perry co-wrote more songs together and completed an album for Island Records, Police and Thieves, released in 1977 and regarded as one of Perry’s best productions. The title song was heard by British punk rock band The Clash, whose version appeared on their debut album released in April 1977. Murvin continued to record singles with Perry, including several versions of Curtis Mayfield songs, and also made recordings with producers Joe Gibbs and Alvin Ranglin. In 1980, Murvin’s “Police and Thieves” finally reached the UK singles chart, peaking at no.23 after being used in the film Rockers.

Murvin continued to record through the 1980s[.] [H]e sang with one of Jamaica’s top bands, Jah Postles, and toured widely in Europe. He recorded with various producers and musicians, including Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson, Mikey Dread with whom he recorded the 1982 album Bad Man Posse, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, Prince Jammy, and King Tubby. His other local hits included “Miss Kushie”, “Cool out Son”, “I’m In Love”, “Bad Man Posse”, and “Muggers in the Street”. He released his last album, Signs and Wonders, in 1989, but continued to record and release singles locally in Jamaica, some of them on his small Murvin label in Port Antonio. His last released recording was a single entitled “Wise Man”, released on the London-based Dubwise record label in 1998.

Australian musician Paul Kelly made a reference to Murvin in his Christmas song, “How To Make Gravy”. Murvin’s song “Cool Out Son” was featured on the soundtrack for the video game, Skate 3, which was released in 2010.

Murvin died on 2 December 2013, at his home in Port Antonio, at the age of 64. He had been suffering from diabetes.
Wikipedia, Junior Murvin

Lastly, here’s his classic hit “Police and Thieves”, via YouTube.

Peace, love & unity,

The Beat

Irving Plaza Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Deal!

Hey Beat fans,

More Holiday time cost saving deals coming your way!!

We wanted to let you know that Irving Plaza (NYC) is running a venue-wide NO SERVICE FEE ticket special for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. All upcoming Dec/Jan shows will be included. The Beat play there on December 20th and the show is included in the promotion!

The Deal:

Irving Plaza has lost their marbles! SALE Black Fri – Cyber Mon pay NO SERVICE FEES on all Dec/Jan shows. Get your 12/20 English Beat tix this weekend at: (NO TICKETMASTER FEE) or stop by the Irving box office. Sale starts at 12:01am 11/29 and ends at 11:59pm 12/2. Don’t miss out!


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Showbox Cyber Monday Promotion! Dec 2nd,10AM–10PM

Hey Beat fans,

Here’s some holiday news to help out the ol’ pocketbook:

Showbox Presents (Seattle, WA) will be running a special “No Service Fee” Cyber Monday promotion that will run on December 2, from 10AM to 10PM. The Beat are set to play the Showbox on Feb. 21, 2014, and the show is included in the promotion!

The Deal:


Here’s your chance to snag tickets to Showbox shows with NO SERVICE FEES! That’s right – we’re rolling out our Showbox Cyber Monday Deal on December 2nd from 10AM – 10M. Click on the shows (in the link below) you want tickets to, enter in promo code: CYBERSB75 and you’ll get your tickets minus the service fees! This special offer is limited to shows taking place at Showbox at the Market or Showbox SoDo.

*Offer not valid for SMooCH – a benefit for Children’s Hospital – on Dec. 14

Happy Holidays!

The full list of shows included in the promo can be found at the link below:


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DFW Interview + Jamaica ska treat!

Hey Beat fans,

It’s been a while since my last post, as the lazy days of summer lulled me into a somnambulant stupor. Now it’s Fall, glorious Fall, and so I’ve decided to honor the season with a double post.

First, we have a very interesting, entertaining and wide-ranging article on our own Dave Wakeling by writer Michael Kuelker, writing for the music news section of out of St Louis, Missouri.


It’s a cracking good read, and I enjoyed it, so check it out here:
The English Beat’s Dave Wakeling on UK social history, West Indian cricket and Teenage Cancer Trust

Right, now you’ve had your meat, it’s time for your pudding!

Coming via a link from our friends over at Jump Up Records, we savored this wonderful little bon mot when it came across our Internets, and hope you will too. So without further ado we link you to Annette Funicello and Bob Hope performing…The Jamaica Ska!

You just can’t beat that, eh?



Beat Cancer – Specialized 2 album drops soon!

Hey Beat fans, I wanted to turn you on to a wonderful new album coming your way from The Beat and Specialized, with proceeds going to combat teen cancer. You may recall when we first mentioned the Specialized effort with the release of the first album back in 2012 (

Well they are back at it again, and this time the charity album focuses on the music of THE BEAT! With the release of SPECIALIZED II – BEAT TEENAGE CANCER all money raised will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.


“Music has always had a healing aspect, and 2-Tone a bit more than most, as it was designed to bring people together. These songs have been a big part of my life, and I am honoured that they could be of use to the Specialized project… a wonderful opportunity to assist a worthy cause, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and remember, when we help others, we help ourselves…one hand wash the other!”

You can see the full press release here: BEAT CANCER!

You can check out the appeal’s Facebook page here: Facebook: Specialized 2

Lastly, you can check out the charity’s website here: Specialized – Beat Teenage Cancer

Thanks for listening and cool runnings, rastas.

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