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About Eddy Grant

Hugely influential and successful music legend Eddy Grant undertakes the UK "Reparation" tour in July 2008, his first UK dates in over 20 years. Born in Guyana but immigrating with his parents to London as a boy, Eddy Grant has had a huge impact on British music and culture.  

Eddy Grant hit No.1 in the UK and Europe with "Baby Come Back" with The Equals in 1966.  The multi-racial group had plenty more hits but after a serious illness he left the band, returned to Guyana to recuperate and launched his hugely successful solo career.  A true perfectionist, he played every instrument, sang every vocal and produced every track on most of his solo albums.  

Best known for his huge hits "I Don't Wanna Dance", which hit the UK number one spot in 1982 and the seminal "Electric Avenue", Eddy Grant's song-writing was often as politically-charged as it was commercially-flavoured. The Clash featured a cover of "Police On My Back" for their Sandinista triple-set, and "Gimme Hope Jo'hanna", which gave Eddy Grant a hit in 1988, was a very thinly veiled attack on the Apartheid regime in South Africa [Jo'hanna being short for ‘Johannesburg'].  "Johanna" has been heavily rotated on radio in protest in Zimbabwe of late.

As his solo career took off, Eddy Grant moved to Barbados and set up the Blue Wave studio.  He continued to release tracks by classic calypso and soca artists on his label Ice Records, as well as ‘Ringbang' a genre of Caribbean music he created.  The July tour is the first chance in over 20 years to connect with a truly important artist whose shows offer the promise of great music, some huge hits and a good time for all.  Don't miss him live or "The Very Best Of Eddy Grant" album.