Errol Dunkley at the Big One 11

One of reggae’s early performers, Errol Dunkley bridged the roots music of Jamaica, in the 1960s, and London’s Brit-reggae scene of the ‘70s. His biggest hit, a remake of John Holt’s “OK Fred”, which barely missed the UK top ten in 1978, was re-recorded, as a duet with Queen Sister *N*, in 1996. Only eleven years old when he made his recording debut, Dunkley went on to work with many of Jamaica’s greatest producers. His debut 1964 recording, “My Queen”, was produced by Prince Buster, while Joe Gibbs oversaw the recording of his first hit, You’re Gonna Need Me”, he recorded the dancehall anthem, “Black Cinderella”, produced by Jimmy Rodway, in 1972. His first album, Presenting Errol Durkley, followed shortly afterwards.
He founded the African Museum label with Gregory Isaacs and scored the imprint’s first hit single, “Movie Star”, based on Delroy Wilson’s “I Don’t Know Why”, in the early-1970s, Errol left the label and moved to London, in 1973. Signing with the Shelley Recording Company, where he recorded his second album, Sit And Cry. Errol continued to build a following in the United Kingdom and Europe. His first British hit, “A Little Way Different”, released in 1974, was followed by such UK releases as “Betcha By Golly Wow”, “Happiness Forget” and “OK Fred.

Errol will be backed by The Dub Natty Sessions. Dub Natty Sessions was founded in 2009 in Caricuao, a small ghetto southeast of Caracas. They where the first Dub Reggae band in Venezuela. They moved to Manchester in 2012 where they recorded their first album with none other than Dennis Bovell. In 2016 the band recorded a new album, now in London, with Dennis playing the bass and collaborating with other great artists like Michael “Bammi” Rose, Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton, Henry and Patrick Tenyue, this album was mixed in Ariwa studio by Mad Professor.