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Macka B & the Roots Ragga Band

appearing at

The Jazz Cafe

Camden Town, Greater London

19:00 - 23:00

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Macka.B has always been interested in music. At a very young age he was impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next door. The vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very day.

At school he played the violin and he joined the school choir. At home he was getting inspiration from Reggae music, listening to such greats as Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Count Ossie, to name but a few.
On leaving school he sought a career in engineering. He obtained a technical apprenticeship at Ever Ready, but redundancy due to factory closure ended that career, which proved to be a blessing in disguise.

He started to practice D.J.ing at home gaining inspiration from legends such as U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth, Prince Far-I, etc.

It was also at this time that Macka.B decided to accept the Ras Tafari faith, which is the central part of his life.

He and some friends started a sound system called Exodus, which just happened to be the same sound that Macka.B used to listen to as a little youth. The sound was passed down from father to sons and renamed Exodus.

In 1982 a visit to Jamaica inspired him greatly improving his talent. He entered a D. J. competition in 1983 at the Rising Star club in Bilston, (included were Pato Banton & Rankin Ann.) Macka.B. won and from this was invited on the radio several times, his name began to spread.

He was also in a band called Pre-Wax, they did many live shows and also appeared on Channel 4’s Rockers Road show. A record called Maggie’s Letter was also released by a producer called Papa P. It became a local success.

Derek Nelson producer of Ebony BBC2, heard Macka.B perform on the radio, and as they had a show planned for Birmingham, asked him to perform on that show. He went down so well he received a regular spot on the next series.

Macka.B never stopped working with sound systems Wassifa from Birmingham & Skippy & Lippy being the main ones. A tape of a dance Wassifa v Saxon Sound in Leicester, was heard by John & Chris at Fashion records who invited Macka.B to do some recording. “Bible Reader” was released and did well in the Reggae singles charts. Also released was a track called “Gentleman with Manners” on a LP called Great British M.C’s.

Mad Professor of Ariwa saw Macka.B perform on T.V. and arranged a meeting. The outcome of this was Macka.B joining the Ariwa label and recording the LP “Sign of the Times” which reached No 1. in the Reggae LP charts. Appeared on Channel 4 Club Mix & 1986 Sunsplash in Wembley Arena. Started to tour Europe.

Released 2nd album “We’ve Had Enough” in 1987. In 1988 visited Jamaica recorded “Love it in Jamaica” & “Slow Down Driver” for Black Scorpio label. Recorded “Looks are Deceiving” for Ariwa.

Appeared on BBC 2’s Def 11 – Behind the Beat.

Released LP Buppie Culture in 1989. The album contained the single “Dread a who she love” a duet with Kofi, which went to number one in the reggae singles charts.

1990 saw the release of “Proud of Mandela” celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela. It went straight to number one in the Reggae singles chart and was featured on the album “Natural Suntan”.

Became the first British Reggae artist to tour Australia.

In the nineties Macka.B. recorded 8 more albums for Ariwa and also collaborated with other artists and labels. Albums for Ariwa were
“Peace Cup”- “Discrimination” – “Roots Ragga” – “Jamaica No Problem” – “Here Comes Trouble” – “Hold On To your Culture” – “Suspicious” – “Roots & Culture”.
Recorded “Tongue a no Gun” & “God a Come” with Sanchez on Xterminator label. “D. J. Unity” with Tony Rebel on Penthouse label. “Sex Machine” on Black Scorpio label. “Mr Cop” with Gregory Isaacs on Ras label. “Yele” with Baba Maal on Island records. “Doctors of love” with Pato Banton. “Malcolm X” with Steel Pulse.
Recorded on Ariwa with Nolan Irie, Earl 16, Horace Andy, Sandra Cross, Kofi, Brown Sugar, Steve Ital, Fish.

Voted British Reggae Industry Best Male D. J. 91& 92.

He has appeared on Channel 4’s “The Real McKoy” , Canal + in France, German TV and many stations worldwide.

He has twice performed on Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, also at Sting & White River Reggae Bash in Jamaica. He also appeared in front of Nelson Mandela in the National Stadium Kingston.
Macka.B has toured Japan all over America, Africa, Hawaii, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Poland to name but a few.
He has performed alongside artists such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, Lee Perry, Culture, Gladiators and many more.

In the year 2000 he released the album “Global Messenger” on the Ariwa label. He also recorded “What’s going on” with Tony Rebel on the Flames label. He appeared on Rebel Salute in Jamaica and also toured South Africa.

In 2001 he recorded 2 songs on the Humal label “Homeland Africa” & “More Knowledge” which were very well received. In 2002 Macka.B teamed up with the Royale Roots Band and produced the album entitled “By Royale Command” which is still in demand.In 2003 Macka.B played for the first time in West Africa performing in Senegal alongside Baba Maal and also in Sierra Leone.

He also become the first Reggae artist to tour the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia).

In 2004 Macka.B signed to the Jet Star label (Charm) releasing the album “Word,Sound and Power “.In 2008 a brand new live Cd and also the first live Dvd featuring Macka.B was released.2009 saw Macka.B’s Cd ”More Knowledge” released by Humal Records .

2012 Recorded new album Change The World for Chinelo Records and EP Rasta Soldier for Necessary Mayhem, Raspect for El Ricallan (Japenese Label)

2015 Macka.B has Released “Never Played A 45” album on Peckings/VP which is being hailed as his best album to date. The title track was first released on 7inch 45 vinyl in 2012 and became an anthem.

2016 Macka.B embarked on his Never Played A 45 Asia Tour visiting countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Japan

After over 30 years Macka.B continues to tour the world extensively spreading consciousness and breaking down the barriers.

The Jazz Cafe

Venue Type

Music Venue with Restaurant


London's premiere live music venue, celebrating the best music from across the world seven nights a week.

Our first floor restaurant provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy a show.

Please note in order to make a reservation you must also purchase tickets for the live show taking place that night.

The venue opens at 7pm for evening shows, and you’ll need to be seated by 9pm to dine in the restaurant. Matinee opening times vary, please check the listings for more information. Set times are always subject to change for one reason or another, right up until the day of the event. All of our bar and restaurant staff will know the set times once you enter the building so feel free to ask. Shows usually finish at 10.30pm, and if you are joining us on a Friday or Saturday night you are welcome to stay on for the club night after.

All Shows are 18+. Everyone who comes to the venue must carry a valid form of ID. We only accept passports/national I.D’s and driving licenses.

Our venue is wheelchair accessible, unfortunately our restaurant is only accessible via stairs. All disabled customers are entitled to a free ticket for their carer, to secure this just purchase a General Admission ticket for yourself and then email the name of your carer to us. If you have trouble standing for long periods of time just let a manager know upon arrival and we will make sure you’re able to enjoy the show comfortably.

Plus opening the show will be cult reggae singer Earl Sixteen.

5 Parkway,

Camden Town,

Greater London,


NW1 7PG.

020 7485 6834

Disabled AccessBarFood Served

Admission Fee: £13.50 + fees

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