years after their explosion on the UK chart scene when Chaka Demus and Pliers
scored six UK top 40 hits in just 14 months including “Tease Me”, “Murder she
Wrote”, “She Don’t Let Nobody” and their reggae version of “Twist and Shout”
that topped the charts at number 2.
With a new
single due out this spring and a new album in the summer, and various tunes
added to their repertoire over the years including the dynamic duo hasn’t been
idle, and are looking forward to their UK tour, “Me love UK. And me know UK
love our riddims.”
Don’t miss this
rare appearance by one of Jamaica’s precious musical gems…
Rough-voiced deejay Chaka Demus (born John Taylor in Kingston, Jamaica
in August, 1963) and smooth-toned vocalist Pliers (born Everton Bonner in Rockhall
Hills, Jamaica on April 4, 1963) have come together to create one of the most
successful duos in the history of Jamaican music. The first Jamaican act to
place three consecutive singles in the Top Five of the British music
charts, Chaka Demus & Pliers have continued to make their
presence felt. According to reggae website Real Groove, Chaka Demus & Pliers are "sexy, soulful and poppy
enough to be saleable to U.S. R&B blandoids yet still tuff enough to raise
gunshots and shouts of "Murder" back in the Kingston dancehalls.
Both Chaka Demus & Pliers had established successful solo
careers prior to combining their efforts. Demus, who grew up in the Waterhouse
district of Kingston, launched his career as a deejay for the Roots Majestic
sound system. Although he made his recording debut with the King Jammy-produced single "Increase Your
Knowledge," his first hit came in 1986 when he recorded "One
Scotch" as a duet with Admiral Bailey. His subsequent hits included
"Everybody Loves Chaka," a duet with Yellowman, "Bring It to Me," a
duet with deejay/vocalist Scottie, and "Everybody Loves Chaka" and
"Chaka on the Move," which he recorded solo.
Pliers, who worked with such producers
as King Jammy, Winston Riley, King Tubby, Black Scorpio, and Coxsone Dodd, recorded such solo hits as
"Snake in the Grass" and "Bam Bam," a hip-hop reworking of
a Toots & the Maytals tune. In a 1998 interview, Demus recalled his initial reaction
to hearing Pliers. "The man has a sweet melody
voice, " he said. "Any time I listened to him and listened to myself,
I knew I could mesh with him."
Over 14s welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by a adult (18+), ID will be required.