Erald Briscoe

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Erald Briscoe
Also known as Englishman
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Reggae
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active Late 1970s–present
Labels Mighty Roots
Associated acts Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus
The Shango Band
JFC

Erald Briscoe, also known as Englishman is a British-born reggae musician who has recorded as a solo artist and has also played bass guitar in several bands, including Ras Michael's Sons of Negus, the Shango Band (with whom he also sings), and JFC.

Biography[edit]

Briscoe was born and raised in the UK, and as a teenager was a member of the London-based Revelation Reggae Band, taking initial inspiration from players such as Paul McCartney, Stanley Clarke and Robbie Shakespeare.[1][2] He then joined Ras Michael's band, with which he toured Europe.[1] In the late 1980s be began releasing records under the name Englishman, with debut album Fighting to Survive released in 1986.[1] backed by the Roots Vibration Band, he became popular in the United States, and he has been based for most of his life in Washington, DC.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Fighting to Survive (1986), Mighty Roots
  • My African Sister (1986), Mighty Roots
  • Check For the Youth (1987), Mighty Roots
  • Meditations of South Africa (1987), Mighty Roots
  • Roots Vibration in a Combination Stylee (1987), Mighty Roots - Englishman & Maccabee
  • Man Machine Music (1989), Mighty Roots
  • Shango Charisma (1992), Ras
  • One Vibration (1995)
  • Turning Point (1995)
  • On Target (1996) - Englishman & Maccabee
  • Wisdom of Steel (1999), Black Liberty
  • 13 Joints!!!! (2001)
  • Live in LA, Mighty Roots
Compilations
  • Check For the Best (1990), Mad Dawg

with the Shango Band[edit]

  • Keep It Real (2006)
  • Wise Shepherd (2007), Mighty Roots

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 95
  2. ^ Joyce, Mike (1987) "When the Issue Is The Music", Washington Post, 19 March 1987, p. C.07