Francis Bebey Psychedelic Sanza 1982 1984

Recording in various lineups as MatumbiAfrican Brothers or African Stone as well as backing many successful solo acts - from Janet Key and Susan Cadogan to Linton Kwesi Johnson and Lee Perry - Bovell contributed to the invention of many reggae subcategories, such as lovers rock and dub poetry.

Matumbi s strongest side, however, was a smooth blend of righteous roots reggae with pop and, more importantly, newly introduced New Wave of the late seventies. Punks and Rastas mingled freely at the time and did some amazing crossovers even before the term was coined. You can hear echoes of these exciting times in the music of Matumbi and, despite their preferred format being roots reggae, it is one of the key elements that distinguished British reggae act from its Jamaican counterparts.

No matter how important they were in establishing the scene, Matumbi never had the success of UB 40, AswadSteel Pulse or Maxi Priest who followed in their foot steps.

It s a singular honor that s a fitting testament to their unique sound, stellar vocalizations and riotously great material. Rhino Handmade was more than willing to dig a little deeper into their body of work for THERE A A RIOT GOING ON THE COASTERS ON ATCO, a 4-CD boxed set including an entire disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks. You won t be able to stop yourself from shoutin.