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Pass The Dutchie



Musical Youth are a staple of the British music scene and are one of the most exciting reggae bands ever to have come out of the country. Upbeat and unmissable, the group are ideal for any event.

Musical Youth are in the elite of veteran British reggae bands. They are best known for their 1982 worldwide hit Pass the Dutchie which took the top spot over most of Europe and went top 10 in the USA.

The group was formed in 1979 when two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, and Junior and Patrick Waite, linked up alongside the latter pair’s father, Frederic Waite Sr. Musical Youth grew and managed to secure gigs at different Birmingham pubs, releasing a double single in 1981, including the songs Generals and Political, on a local record label.

An appearance on John Peel’s show on BBC Radio 1 brought further attention to the group, and they were signed to MCA Records. By that time, founding father Frederick Waite had backed down, to be replaced by Dennis Seaton as lead singer.

Pass the Dutchie went to number 1 in the UK singles chart in October 1982 before going on to sell over four million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A top 10 placing also followed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart while the accompanying video made them the first black artists to be played on MTV.

They went on to have hits with songs such as Never Gonna Give You Up, Whatcha Talkin ‘Bout, Youth Of Today, She’s Trouble, 007, Sixteen and Tell Me Why. They honed a memorable style, with their roots in reggae and their vocals uplifting and fun. This famous band certainly shook up the reggae world in the 80s.

Still fronted by Dennis Seaton, Musical Youth are still hugely popular & appear at festivals & events worldwide.

Now backed by a full band, including a fantastic brass section, Musical Youth remain one of the biggest names in British reggae; recently releasing a new series of E.P’s that feature some of the biggest hit’s from the reggae genre as well as some of the most influential bands in reggae history, Musical Youth remain popular with both their original fans and newcomers first venturing onto the reggae scene.

Contact Polar Talent to book Musical Youth today.

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