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R. I. P Steelie from Steelie & Clevie

Today one of Dancehall's pioneers Steelie from production duo Steelie and Clevie passed away from complications associated with pneumonia. Wycliffe 'Steelie' Johnson was suffering from pneumonia having recovered from kidney complications in December.

Brief bio:

Steelie started his career as the original keyboard player with the Roots Radix Band which backed Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and numerous other artistes both on tour and in the recording studio, and also played on a number of hit recordings for various producers in the 70s. Steelie also played on a large number of hit recordings for various artistes. In 1986, the duo was the house band at the legendary King Jammy's Studio, which became the center point of late-1980s reggae, by which time Steelie & Clevie were established production leaders with an immense slew of 12-inch and dub singles. A year later, the duo formed the Steelie & Clevie label, coincidentally a year in which reggae riddims and dub influenced hip-hop production by Ced Gee and KRS-One in the Bronx became prominent.

Many may not be aware of the name, likewise many will know the name but not be able to recall what they have produced. Well I selected a few of my personal faves from a catalogue which spans over 3 decades.

Starting with a riddim I love to this day and feel is very under-rated

2 riddims people should remember

Lastly, if you don't know these 3 riddims, you can NEVER EVER claim to be a true dancehall fan.

I won't even give you the riddim mix, just the most popular one

R. I. P. Gone but never forgotten. Your music still lives on strong today, essential to any party


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