The reggae world is mourning the loss of Michael Campbell, a.k.a. Mikey Dread, who died Saturday at his sister’s home in Connecticut.
He was diagnosed last year with brain cancer.
Dread was a pioneering radio DJ in Jamaica during the 1970s, spinning late-night reggae music for the otherwise-stodgy Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.
He went on to write, perform and produce his own songs... and to own his own record label, Dread at the Controls.
Rock ’n’ roll fans may know Mikey Dread as the producer of the Clash’s 1980 single “Bankrobber.” Click here to hear it streaming on my Vox blog.
I’m also streaming one of Dread’s own tracks, “Break Down the Walls” (1980). Click here to listen.
“Break Down the Walls” is available as a FREE MP3. Click the song title below to download it.
“Break Down the Walls” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store
Album available at eMusic
Album available at Amazon