Incognito (band)

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Incognito in Bangkok in 2005
Incognito in Bangkok in 2005
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresHouse, acid jazz, soul
Years active1979–present
LabelsP-Vine, Dôme, Edel, Shanachie, Heads Up Int', Handcuts, Pony Canyon, Narada, Universal, Verve, Talkin' Loud, Mercury, Ensign
MembersJean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick
Chicco Allotta
Vanessa Haynes
Mo Brandis
Natalie Williams
Francis Hylton
Francesco Mendolia
João Caetano
Sid Gauld
Jamie Anderson
Trevor Mires
Maysa Leak
Tony Momrelle
Charlie Allen
Katie Leone
Natalie Duncan
Past membersChris Botti
Jocelyn Brown
Joy Rose
Pete Ray Biggin
Nick Doobay
Carleen Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Graham Harvey
Dominic 'Ski' Oakenfull
Julian Crampton
Richard Bailey
Christopher Ballin
Marc Anthoni
Xavier Barnett
Bud Beadle
Kelli Sae
Karen Bernod
Max Beesley
Richard Bull
Simon Cotsworth
Sarah Brown
Ray Carless
Patrick Clahar
Matt Coleman
Chris DeMargary
Thomas Dyani-Akuru
Gail Evans
Adrian Fry
Andy Gangadeen
Gavin Harrison
Peter Hinds
Randy Hope-Taylor
Ed Jones
Joy Malcolm
Noel McKoy
Linda Muriel
Quinton Caruthers
Kevin Robinson
Winston Rollins
Gary Sanctuary
Karl Vandenbossche
Fayyaz Virji
Tyrone Henry
Tony Remy
Andy Ross
Nichol Thomson
Francisco Sales

Incognito is a British acid jazz band.[1] Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981.[2]

Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick is the band's leader, singer, guitarist, composer, and record producer.[3] The band has included Linda Muriel, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Mo Brandis, Natalie Williams, Carleen Anderson, Pamela (PY) Anderson, Kelli Sae, and Joy Malcolm.


Incognito live at Leverkusener Jazztage (Germany) in November 2016

Incognito was founded by Paul "Tubbs" Williams & Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick in 1979, as an offshoot from Light of the World.[2] Light of the World was a substantially sized group and following various changes to the lineup, the founding members Breeze Mckrieth, Kenny Wellington & David Baptiste – inspired by American funk bands such as Funkadelic forming offshoot bands like Parliament – formed Beggar & Co. Bluey & Tubbs went on to form Incognito. However, there has seen a re-connection over the years in Light of the World with various former members, alongside their other commitments.[4]

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,[2] which made No. 6 in the UK.[1] The group's 1992 single, "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" saw similar success, reaching No. 19 in the UK.[1] 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!.

In 2021, the band reissued a celebratory, 40th anniversary, 106 track retrospective of their debut album, Jazz Funk. The Brit funk pioneers have released a music video for the track "You Are in My System." The deluxe reissue features a 52 page booklet with liner notes written by Charles Waring and a selection of the band's archive photos.[5]

In October 2022, the band was the first group to be honored as part of Universal Music Recording's "Black Story" series which honours black British artists as part of the UK's Black History Month.[6]



  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19 ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 268. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 642. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Incognito - About Us". Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  5. ^ Schube, Will (29 November 2021). "Watch Incognito's New Music Video For Classic Track 'You Are In My System'". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Jazz-Funk Pioneers Incognito Celebrated In New 'Black Story' Video Series". Retrieved 20 October 2022.

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