Friday, August 22, 2008

Lucky People


Guyana born, British raised Eddy Grant's live career has sparked back into action and given a new lease of life to One People, the band of late South African reggae star Lucky Dube. The outfit suffered a blow to its career when Dube was gunned down in 2007 in Johannesburg, but Grant snapped up the experienced outfit for his first live UK shows in nearly two decades. Those were followed by a string of European gigs and a North American tour that began on Saturday, August 2 in Toronto. All were booked by International Talent Booking.
"It's quite something to be working with Lucky's band, who are based in the city that inspired the 1988 hit Gimme Hope Jo'Anna", Grant says. "They're a great band, and weeve worked hard at bringing them into my sound".
The pop/reggae veteran's hits are collected on the recently issued 18 track UK compilation The Very Best Of Eddy Grant,The Road To Reparation a top 20 entry on the official UK Charts Company's July 5 tally. Grant recently signed a new long term worldwide publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing (billboard.biz, July 28) for new material plus his own Greenheart Music catalogue, previously handled by Warner/Chappell.
Source: Billboard.biz

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