Jazzie B with Soul II Soul in Brockwell Park
Trevor Beresford Romeo
26 January 1963
|Other names||The Funki Dred|
|Associated acts||Soul II Soul|
Life and career
Jazzie was born in London UK 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 his projects - the sound system, a clothing line and Camden record shop, a record imprint, as well as the group itself.
From 1985-1989, Jazzie and Soul II Soul would hold what would be regarded as a legendary night at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden. The Soul II Soul track "Fairplay" was recorded there just before the group started to find wider success. The nights at the Africa Centre would be celebrated in the 2003 compilation "Soul II Soul At The Africa Centre".
At this time, he would also host a show on then pirate radio station Kiss FM, which would continue through its legal licence and until 1997. From 2009 to 2012, Jazzie B hosted the "Back 2 Life" radio show on BBC London 94.9, which he then bought to Mi-Soul since 2014.
- Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul at the Africa Centre (Casual, 2003)
- Jazzie B Presents School Days: Life Changing Tracks From The Trojan Archives (Trojan, 2008)
- Masterpiece (Ministry of Sound, 2008)
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