Biography

There are multiple artists with the name Akabu:

1. English female reggae/soul/funk/hip-hop band who recorded on the On-U Sound label with producer Adrian Sherwood.

In 1981 a group of seven female musicians formed a band called African Woman - the world’s first widely-known all female reggae band. They were Shelomi Coke, Diane White, Caroline Williams, Paulette Coke, Valerie Skeete, Barbara Grossett and Vyris Edghill. Their debut album ‘African Woman Abroad’ was released in 1982.

In 1985 Valerie Skeete and Vyris Edghill took another avenue and recorded a soul track, “Watch Yourself” under the name of Akabu, released via the American-based Tommy Boy label.

Subsequently it was decided to merge the two ventures, incorporating both reggae and soul under the name Akabu. In 1988 the self-titled album ‘Akabu’ was released on their own Viva Records label.


2. Akabu, a.ka. Dave Lee, is the UK’s most successful and longstanding soulful house DJ and Producer. A founding father of the UK house scene and relentless compiler of the coolest compilations, he is famed for his huge knowledge and expertise in Disco, Soul, Funk and early House. The most commercially successful house producer in the UK, he has had countless international hits and travels the World bringing his award- winning eclectic style and productions to new audiences. He also produces under the pseudonym Joey Negro.

Edited by chewtoy on 21 Nov 2011, 03:24

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