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Incognito in Bangkok in 2005
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Jazz-funk, acid jazz, soul, pop|
|Labels||P-Vine, Dôme, Edel, Shanachie, Heads Up Int', Handcuts, Pony Canyon, Narada, Universal, Verve, Talkin' Loud, Mercury, Ensign|
|Associated acts||Light of the World|
|Members||Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick
Matt Cooper: keyboards, musical director
Vanessa Haynes: vocals
Mo Brandis: vocals
Natalie Williams: vocals
Francis Hylton: bass
Francesco Mendolia: drums
João Caetano: Percussion
Sid Gauld: trumpet
Jamie Anderson: sax/flute
Trevor Mires: trombone
Maysa Leak: vocals
Tony Momrelle: vocals
Francisco Sales: guitar
Katie Leone: vocals
|Past members||Chris Botti
Joy Rose: vocals
Pete Ray Biggin
Graham Harvey: keyboards
Dominic 'Ski' Oakenfull: production/keyboards
Julian Crampton: bass
Richard Bailey: drums
Richard Bull: production/guitar
Simon Cotsworth: production/programming
The band's frontman, composer, record producer, guitarist and singer is Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick. Other notable band members include or have included the singers Linda Muriel, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Mo Brandis, Natalie Williams, Carleen Anderson, Pamela (PY) Anderson Kelli Sae (of Count Basic) and Joy Malcom.
Incognito was founded by Paul "Tubbs" Williams & Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick in 1979 as an offshoot from Light of the World. LotW was a substantially sized group and following various changes to the line up, the founding members Breeze Mckrieth, Kenny Wellington & David Baptiste, inspired by American Funk bands such as Funkadelic forming offshoot bands (Parliament), formed Beggar & Co. Bluey & Tubbs went on to form Incognito. However, there has seen a re-connection over the years in LotW with various former members, alongside their other commitments.
Incognito has had intermittent success in the UK Singles Chart, with their breakthrough 1991 hit a cover version of the Ronnie Laws tune "Always There", featuring Jocelyn Brown, which made No. 6 in the UK. The group's 1992 single, "Don't you worry 'bout a thing" saw similar success, reaching No. 19 in the UK. They have also been a favourite of various re-mixers, including Masters at Work, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Jazzanova, and have released several albums consisting almost entirely of remixes.
In 1994, Incognito appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time magazine. In 1996, the band contributed "Water to Drink" to the AIDS-benefit album Red Hot + Rio, also produced by the Red Hot Organization.
Their song "Need to Know" is the theme song for progressive radio and television news program Democracy Now!.
- Official website
- Incognito interview by Pete Lewis, Blues & Soul – July 2010
- Incognito interview by Chris Mann, Smooth & Soul – September 2008
- Incognito Live in Europe
- Bluey interview by Michael 'The Dood' Edwards, UK Vibe – July 2010
- Interview with Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick of Incognito by Zane Tate, Leisure Lab – May 2012