Aswad singer dead – ‘much loved’ Drummie Zeb dies aged 62

Drummie Zeb, the lead singer of reggae band Aswad, has died aged 62.

The band announced the tragic news on Friday, writing: "It is with deepest regret and profound loss that we have to announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.

"Drummie was the lead vocalist for the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by both family, friends and peers alike.

"More information will be given at a later time but on behalf of his family and Aswad – we ask that their privacy is respected at this heart-breaking time.

"Drummie has left us to join our ancestors and leaves a huge void both personally and professionally."

Tributes immediately poured in for the singer following his death, with UB40's Ali Campbell leading the messages from around the world that mourned the loss of such a talented musician.

He wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear the passing of Aswads Drummie Zeb. We’ve lost another U.K Reggae pioneer.

"Deepest condolences go out to all of the Aswad family @TheRealAswad. Big Love".

Devastated fans also paid tribute to the music icon, with one fan commenting: "One of my favourite groups, fronted by a very special man."

Another added: "Devastated to hear about the passing of an absolute legend and huge inspiration – Drummie Zeb was special. RIP."

While a third said: "RIP Drummie Zeb. Huge loss to music. Just short of his 63 birthday. So young."

No cause of death has yet been revealed.

Born Angus Gaye, Drummie, as he was better known, was the drummer and lead singer for the reggae band Aswad, as well as being a record producer.

Rising to fame in the 1970’s, he enjoyed a prolific career, releasing a staggering total of 21 albums.

Among some of Drummie’s best known hits with Aswad are classic tunes such as 1988’s Don’t Turn Around, and Give a Little Love.

He even performed alongside Cliff Richard on the 1989 track, Share a Dream, to widespread acclaim.

Since finding megastardom in the 70’s and 80’s the band toured some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as locations in West Africa and Japan.

Over the years, the lineup of the band changed, with Forde parting ways with Aswad in 1996 for spiritual reasons, leaving only Drummie as the founding member.

The band however continued to make and play music, with their most recent material released in 2009, with the album City Lock.


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