Drummie Zeb: who was Angus Gaye singer of the reggae group Aswad

The band said Zeb was “much loved and respected by family, friends and peers”

Members of British reggae band Aswad are mourning the death of their lead singer, Drummie Zeb.

Zeb, real name Angus Gaye, was one of the original members of the group that formed in the 1970s.

Besides being the country’s lead vocalist, Zeb, who was 62, was also the drummer.

No other information on the death of the music star, like cause or timing, has yet to be announced.

Since his death was announced earlier today on Friday, September 2, tributes have poured in for him on social media to place Twitter.

So what did Aswad say about Zeb’s passing and what tributes were paid to him on social media?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Aswad (Brinsley Forde, Tony Robinson and Angus Gaye), British reggae band, pictured playing pool, 8 March 1984. Drummie Zeb was announced to have died in September 2022. He was 62.

What did Aswad say in his statement?

The band released a statement announcing the news on Friday, September 2.

They wrote: “It is with deep regret and deep loss that we must announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.

“Drummie was the lead singer of the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by family, friends and peers.

“More information will be given at a later date, but on behalf of his family and Aswad, we ask that their privacy be respected at this heartbreaking time.

“Drummie left us to join our ancestors and leaves a huge void both personally and professionally.”

Who was Drummie Zeb?

Drummie Zeb was born on September 24, 1959, which means he would soon be 63 years old.

He was the son of parents born in Grenada and raised in London. He attended Holland Park School in the capital, where he met his bandmates Aswad.

He was best known for being the drummer and lead singer of the reggae band Aswad, but he was also a record producer.

As a producer he has worked with many artists including Vanessa May, Janet Kay and Ace of Base.

Who are Aswad?

Aswad are a British reggae band and are credited with adding strong R&B and soulful influences to the reggae genre.

They have been performing since the mid-1970s and have released a total of 21 albums. Their UK hit singles include the number one Don’t Turn Around (1988) and Shine (1994). The group is also nominated three times for the Grammy Awards.

The band’s name, Aswad, is Arabic for the word black.

What tributes have been paid to Drummie Zub?

Since the news of Zeb’s death broke, fans and fellow musicians have taken to Twitter to pay their respects and share their condolences with Zeb’s loved ones.

Journalist Lorraine King, who hosts a weekly show on Colorful Radio, a station dedicated to celebrating African and Afro-Caribbean music and culture, wrote: “I have just heard the sad news of the passing of Drummie Zeb of the legendary reggae band Aswad.

“Aswad was an absolute pioneer in British reggae and I love that had commercial success without losing his roots. May Drummie Zeb RIP.

UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell wrote: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Aswads Drummie Zeb. We have lost another Reggae pioneer in the UK.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Aswad family @TheRealAswad. Great love.”

UB40 guitarist Robin Campbell also left a tribute.

He said, “RIP Drummie Zeb. So sad to hear of the passing of Angus “Drummie Zeb” Gaye, founding member, drummer and legendary vocalist of Aswad. Deepest condolences and sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues. »

Record distribution company Jet Star, which calls itself the home of reggae, wrote: “It pains us to bring you the heartbreaking news that reggae legend Drummie Zeb has passed away.

“Drummie was the lead singer of iconic British reggae band Aswad and although he is no longer with us, the legacy he left will live on forever and ever.”

Fans also took to Twitter to leave tributes.

One said: “RIP to the great Drummie Zeb of the legendary Aswad. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest at Zion King.

Another said: “When it comes to UK reggae drumming, I don’t put anyone above this soldier. Rest easy king.

One person simply posted an image of Zeb and a broken heart emoji with the statement “You found a melody the whole world could sing along to”.

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