Eric 'Rebel Lion' Bubbles is an extremely diverse artist who has made a highly significant impact on the development of Reggae music. He has successfully performed in such capacities as singer, songwriter, manager and producer. In 1969, he formed the roots vocal trio, The African Brothers. Renowned for the sentiments of racial pride and repatriation resonating in the music and lyrics of their songs, they were widely regarded as one of the most innovative groups in the history of Jamaican music. Brother Eric is a very determined man who has always required the best from the singers and musicians with whom he's performed. He is responsible for launching the careers of many performers who have since become household names to reggae fans the world over. Today, Eric has several projects in development, including The Many Moods of Eric Bubbles, a new album, featuring the smash hit Rebel Lion (currently in re-release in Japan, Brazil and other overseas markets). His music continues to create waves in Europe, as his voice brings back memories of the African Brothers' Righteous Kingdom and Father Lead Us. Keeping up the true roots of reggae music, Eric does it all. He is Reggae Music's True Renaissance Man. The first incarnation of The African Brothers featured Desi Young singing harmony and lead singer Eric Bubble, along with Cornel Campbell, on guitar. They recorded a total of two songs as the African Brothers, both written by Eric. The first was Behold I Live and featured the legendary backing band, Charles Hanna and the Graduates. Eric recalls performing it with this band in several Kingston hotels on the east coast. The second song was Good Samaritan, upon which one of the members from the In Crowd Band replaced Cornel Campbell on background vocals. The group toured the local hotel scene for quite some time before disbanding. In the early seventies, Eric met a young Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott and Winston "Tony Tuff" Morris while playing soccer in Maxfield Park. At the time Sugar Minott was only about 14 years old. It became Eric's job to manage and motivate the new group. He often had to work hard to coax the guys to rehearsals because they were young and distracted easily by recreational activities like sports and gambling. Mr. Bubbles says in retrospect, 'Being a band leader is no easy job.' Collectively, they wrote many songs, but Eric recalls choosing the ones written by Tony because they sounded more commercial. Tony Tuff would ultimately be the lead singer while Eric and Sugar sang harmony. Together, they recorded a total of about seventeen songs over an approximate 3-year time span. Brother Eric fondly recalls rehearsing with his group while sitting on a tomb stone in Maxfield Park, remarking, "That dead guy was blessed to hear a lot of great music.' The first tune that they recorded was Mystery of Nature for singer/ producer Rupie Edwards. This astounding performance features Tony Tuff on lead vocals, backed by Eric Bubbles and Sugar Minott. There are at least two versions of the recording - a slower version on a compilation LP; and another twelve-inch single version, reissued in the mid eighties. They would then go on to record the superb Party Time on their own, with Mr. Morris once again on lead vocals. After their very short but fruitful tenure with Mr. Edwards, the group went on to record for a number of producers, including Mike Johnson, Clive Chin, L. Rodway, Sullivan (or Sally from the Soul Syndicate Band), Micron and Eric Bubbles himself. The songs produced for Mr. Johnson included the classics, Lead Us Father, Righteous Kingdom, and Youths of Today. All three songs were recorded by Johnson at Randy's and Dynamic Studios. Lead Us Father is an unusually interesting composition because it does not feature any lead singer; but all three vocalists, singing in unison throughout the entire recording. Youths of Today was written by Sugar Minott, and features him as lead singer for the first time on a recording. All three tunes were recorded for the extremely obscure Ital label and packaged with beautiful red, gold and
Roots of Black People
Death Before Dishonor
Jah Bless I
Love and Unity
Behold I Live
Forward Jah People
Roots of Black People (Featuring Rankin Joe)
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do
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