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Mikey Dread

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Michael Campbell (1954-2008), better known as Mikey Dread, was a multi-talented Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster. During his long career, he brought dub music to the cultural fore in not only Jamaica but internationally, courageously fused with via work with The Clash, spread a global message of racial unity, and played a seminal role as a forefather of the now popular and very commercial and even styles with popular dub cuts like Roots and Culture.

From an early age, Campbell showed a natural aptitude for engineering and electronics. After he finished college, Campbell started out as an engineer with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Campbell wasn’t impressed that the JBC’s playlists mainly consisted of bland, foreign music at a time when some of the most potent was being recorded in Jamaica. He convinced his JBC bosses to give him his own radio program called Dread At The Controls, where he played nothing but reggae. Before long, Campbell (now using the DJ name Mikey Dread) had the most popular program on the JBC. Well-known for its fun and adventurous sonic style, Dread At The Controls became a hit all over Jamaica. Inevitably, JBC’s conservative management and Campbell clashed, and he quit in protest.

By that time, Campbell had earned a solid reputation as a singer and producer and began recording his own material.

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  • Universe-FM

    Amazing man, I'm lucky to discover!

    30 May 8:07am Reply
  • J-Rockers

    <3

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Al__shturman

    the man

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ecahardphone

    owww r.i.p man non sen

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • alyaz15

    rip dread. such a unique artist.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • szakur

    R.I.P Mikey

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mac1969

    R.I.P. Mikey Dread

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • mac1969

    oh man.. Back to my youth. Respect

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • trameffx

    i really wish this guy would get a new greatest hits on a popular label so people can hear this guy. love his stuff so much

    17 Jul 2009 Reply
  • FlyingSalt

    man I am REALLY diggin evolutionary rockers/dread at the controls.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • GPX

    How can he be on tour?

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • jahrasedi

    live up mikey dred in mount zion

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Urotsukidoji1

    nice sound

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mintothemax

    Saw Mikey with the Clash on the London Calling tour. What an inspiration. A great move for both parties and amazing to see reggae taken to a whole new audience. He gently chided the crowd for gobbing. They listened.

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • YoBushey

    What can I say....been meaning2Email him scince last meeting in Birmingham a year or so ago,great man and what a loss to the reggea music world :(( fond memories jah bless me bredren

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • auresar

    ROLOTOTOTA, SONDE AQUELLAS CANCIONES QUE LAS OYES MUCHAS VECES Y NUNCA TE ABURRE, SINO AL CONTRARIO LA DISFRUTAS. REGGAE-MEXICO

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
  • tricky04

    DOSE anyone rember rockers roadshow shout out if you do

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
  • vaportrailmark

    RIP Mikey.. Powerful tunes.. Don't forget your roots and culcha

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • idol-london

    Mikey Dread you sound so fresh. Thank you Jah, Jah for Mikey Dread.

    2 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Furngully

    was and is a guardian of the culture, Respect.

    31 May 2008 Reply
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