Life and career
He was born to parents of Antiguan descent in Hornsey, London, the ninth of ten children, several of whom began running sound systems in the 1960s and 1970s. He had his first gig in 1977 working with friends under the name Jah Rico. He changed their working name to Soul II Soul in 1982. Soul II Soul was originally an umbrella name for several of Jazzie B's operations, including sound systems as well as the group itself.
Jazzie B has also produced and remixed tracks for The Fine Young Cannibals, Incognito, Maxi Priest, James Brown, Kym Mazelle, Rose Windross, Cheryl Lynn, Public Enemy, Johnny Gill, Caron Wheeler, Isaac Hayes, Sinéad O'Connor, Teena Marie, Ziggy Marley, Yorker, The Jones Girls, Nas, and Destiny's Child.
He has produced and presented a number of various artists compilations, including Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul at the Africa Centre (2004); Jazzie B Presents School Days: Life Changing Tracks From The Trojan Archives (2008); and Masterpiece (2008).
Jazzie B hosts a show called Back 2 Life, every Friday evening from 8pm on BBC London 94.9, which plays funk, soul, reggae and house.
He took part in the 2011 TV series Jamie's Dream School.
Awards and accolades
In 2002, he was listed first in the Business category of the "100 Great Black Britons" list.
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