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“If the short-lived UK-Jamaica hybrid band Black Slate came up with no other tune than "Amigo" (and some might argue that they didn't), their debt to society would still be more than paid, and their musical legacy would still be engraved in the annals of reggae. "Amigo" is a timeless song of celebration, and although they are rejoicing about Jah, even if you're not religious, you certainly envision something to be happy about when you hear this groove. "Amigo," which has a likeable Steel Pulse meets lovers rock feel to it, is only partially characteristic of the rest of this album. While several of the tunes are similarly happy with mainstream appeal, many are quite serious with borderline raw roots appeal. "Mind Your Motion," "Freedom Time (Black Star Liner)," and "Legalise Collie Herb," for instance, have a noticeably harder roots sound -- somewhat similar to Misty In Roots -- and they are three of the best songs here. I would imagine that Black Slate probably wanted to be known”
“Robert "Higherman" Heilman talks to Anthony Brightly Pt 1 When a Roots Reggae connoisseur ponders on the beautiful music scape of British Reggae, numerous names will come to full attention. Bands like Misty In Roots, Matumbi, Black Roots, Steel Pulse and Aswad come to mind. Then, there's BLACK SLATE. The third oldest successful Reggae unit to lay the foundation for so many artists, this multi-layered outfit has been topping the charts and our Hearts since the mid 1970s. Their timeless albums are revered as classics and their message is as relevant now as it was decades ago. The world can be thrilled again as the core members have reunited! A sensational new album, "Midnight," has been released, and Black Slate is kicking off a world tour on November 23, 2013, in Miami, Florida, at The 4th Annual Miami Reggae Festival (One Love NutriFest, organized by Rockers Movement, www.RockersMovement.com, an organization that is helping people in poverty in Dade County, Florida).”
“and UK based Black Slate fused the conscious vybz with musical perfection. Fans were fully engaged, crowding around the stages reflecting heartical devotion and unabashed adoration. These artists must be fully recognized as it is they who kept the Rasta Reggae flag waving during a time of chaos and fragmentation. Their music allowed and inspired reggae fans to remain faithful to the principles and spiritual attraction that roots reggae incited among believers in the early seventies. They have contributed significant importance to the ongoing energy allowing Reggae Revivalists to catch a fyah and rise to the crest. The integration of old, current and new reggae artists is the re-formation of an ailing industry and has blessed reggae fans with a history and future that has renewed energy to grow to new unrestricted heights.”
“Perhaps the deepest vibes of the weekend were from another group that made a rare U.S. appearance in true SNWMF fashion. Black Slate from the United Kingdom took my heart at the Village stage with a sound that is so much a statement on how reggae was and is part of the Diaspora from Africa. They use 60s and 70’s R&B vocal style and African cadence and tones and mix it with the energy and pulse of UK rock set to a deep roots reggae beat. They even move on stage like a rock and roll band, very physical and ensemble oriented. Although they may be quite obscure, they are a group to discover as is often the case with the festival offereings.”
“Across the fairgrounds, Black Slate closed down the Village Stage on Sunday night with a full audience of roots music fans. This was the first appearance for the U.K. band at SNWMF. They ran tunes like “Brutality” and “Rasta Festival”, and fans begged for more, even as curfew set in and the band said their final goodbyes. The intimacy of the tiny stage under the trees, with low ambient lighting and the closeness of the stage, always seems to offer an enchanted experience. And with such an incredible band, it was the perfect ending to the festival. - See more at: http://unitedreggae.com/articles/n1582/072514/sierra-nevada-world-music-festival-2014#sthash.1DEm4cwc.dpuf”
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHART TOPPING UK REGGAGE LEGENDS BLACK SLATE ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR London, UK, July 4th 2013 –. We are pleased to announce that UK Reggae Legends “Black Slate will kicking off their“Feed Yourself World Tour by performing at the One Love Nutrifest 2013 Reggae Festival dubbed Miami International Reggae Festival on November 23, 2013 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, FL, USA. Black Slate first found recognition & success with chart topping hits”Sticksman” in 1977 & their Rastafarian rallying call, “Amigo” in 1981, which broke into the UK Singles Chart, reaching #9 with a BBC TOTP appearance for the band. After a 10-year hiatus they return with just the right mix of playful musicality and poignant lyricism they were so legendary known. ”