My first introduction to reggae music would have been early “Ska” songs like ‘Liquidator, Double Barrel, Monkey Spanner’ to name a few.
The first clubs I went to were mainly Soul clubs in and around South London. Luckily for me a new music called “Lovers rock” was just beginning. From that moment I can TRULY say I was hooked for life on Reggae music.
I then keenly listened to Reggae stations such as Roots rockers on Capital radio where I was captivated by a man called “David Ram Jam Rodigan” a LEGEND still today. Another DJ on Radio 1 at the time was called “Tony Williams” on a Sunday afternoon. Between the 2 shows weekly you would hear the latest from UK and JA Reggae artists.’Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Sugar Minott, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Maxi Priest, Matumbi also DJ toasters such as the great U Roy, I Roy, Eek-A-Mouse, Tenor Saw, Yellowman, Lone Ranger, Dennis Alcapone’ to name only a few.
Around about 1980 I started following a group called UB40 from Birmingham UK. In the mid 90’s me and my good friend come up with an idea to sing Reggae covers, UB40 were a big influence as they had already paved the way to show people that colour and race was equal in the world of Reggae music being the multi cultural band that they were. We gigged in pubs and clubs all around South East London, The Fridge & Hootananny in Brixton, Imperial Gardens in Camberwell to name a few. Our name was Rem-A-Nis. I’ve always enjoyed to sing and like to share my knowledge of the music.
I would just like to say a big MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has taken the time out to read this and show me so much love and support.
For something that was started by my kids on a Instagram page called “Singing Sundays”
Fortunately for me, people liked what I was doing and that’s where the ‘Papa Crook Journey’ began.
An exciting and rewarding journey so far with so much more to come, feel free to come along with me.
LOVE PAPA CROOK