Pato Banton

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Pablo Bablo
Birth namePatrick Murray
Born (1961-10-05) 5 October 1961 (age 59)
Brixton, London
OriginBirmingham, England
Years active1980s–present
LabelsFashion, Ariwa, IRS
Associated actsThe Beat

Pablo Bablo (born Patrick Murray; 5 October 1961) is a reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England. He received the nickname "Pablo Bablo" from his stepfather; The first name derives from a Jamaican night owl that stays up all night calling "pablo, pablo" and the last name from the disc jockey slang word "Bablo" which means heavyweight lyricist or storyteller.[1][2] In 1994, he achieved a number 1 on the UK Singles Chart with a cover of The Equals' Baby Come Back featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40.


Banton first came to public attention in the early 1980s when he worked with The Beat.[3] He recorded "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" with Ranking Roger, included on the 1982 album Special Beat Service.[4] He went on to record a series of singles for Fashion Records and Don Christie Records.[4] He was one of the guest artists that appeared on the UB40 album Baggariddim in 1985. Banton's debut album was the 1985, Mad Professor-produced Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton, followed in 1987 by Never Give In, which included a collaboration with Paul Shaffer and a follow-up to his earlier collaboration with Ranking Roger with "Pato and Roger Come Again".[5] After an EP in 1988, Banton released a more pop-oriented LP, Visions of the World, followed by 1990's Wize Up! (No Compromise), which included a college radio hit in Spirits in the Material World (The Police cover) and another collaboration, "Wize Up!", this time with David Hinds of Steel Pulse.[4]

Banton then worked on a live album and with Mad Professor, and then released 1992's Universal Love. The album featured a song covered by Banton called "United We Stand", which was written by fellow Birmingham musician Ray Watts, of the group Beshara. After a 1994 British number one hit with "Baby Come Back" (originally by Eddy Grant performing with The Equals) with Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40,[4] a best-of album was released, and Banton was invited by Sting to join him on his "This Cowboy Song" single.[5] His collaboration with Reggae Revolution on a reinterpolation of the Young Rascals single "Groovin'" reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart in July and became a major hit in New Zealand, reaching number four on the RIANZ Singles Chart and staying in the top 20 for nine weeks.[6][7] It was the country's 47th best-selling single of the year,[8] received a Gold sales certification for selling over 5,000 copies, and was featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 film Kazaam and 1998 hit Disney remake The Parent Trap.[9] 1996's Stay Positive, credited to Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution, was followed by Life Is a Miracle in 2000. Life Is a Miracle received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in the 2001 Grammy Awards.[10]


  • Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton (1985)
  • Never Give In (1987)
  • Visions of the World (1989)
  • Mad Professor Recaptures Pato Banton (1990)
  • Wize Up! (No Compromize) (1990)
  • Live & Kickin All Over America (1991)
  • Universal Love (1992)
  • Collections (1994)
  • Stay Positive (1996)
  • Time Come (1999)
  • Tudo De Bom - Live in Brazil (2000)
  • Life Is a Miracle (2000)
  • Live at the Maritime - San Francisco (2001)
  • The Best of Pato Banton (2002)
  • Positive Vibrations (2007)
  • Pato Banton and Friends (2008)
  • Destination Paradise (2008)



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "About". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p.403
  4. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.19-20
  5. ^ a b Moskowitz, David V. (2006), Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, pp. 21-22.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 21 July 1996 – 27 July 1996". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution – Groovin' (song)". Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "End of Year Charts 1996". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Top 40 Singles – 6 October 1996". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos". CNN. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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