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Ever wondered where the band's name came from? It's Arabic for black and the band formed in London's Ladbroke Grove in 1975 and signed to Island Records a year later. Reggae legend Burning Spear used Aswad as his backing band on his first British tour which gives you an idea of their talent.

Their debut single Back To Africa features on their first album, simply titled Aswad (1976). The band's second album, New Chapter of Dub (1982) is one of their strongest and was produced by the legendary Mikey Dread, whose career as a DJ made him a household name among London's West Indian community before he turned his hand to production and performing.

Live and Direct (1983) captures what for many fans is the real sound of Aswad. Their first taste of chart success was with a cover of Toots and the Maytals' 54-46 (Was My Number) from the album Rebel Souls (1984) but it was their huge worldwide hit, the number 1 UK hit Don't Turn Around, that became for many people an intro to Reggae music and it's one of those records that is always played on the radio as soon as the summer sun peaks through. It originally appeared on the album Distant Thunder (1988) and was written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren - originally conceived as a power ballad and recorded by Tina Turner as a b-side and also by R&B singer Luther Ingram. It's not clear which version Aswad heard before deciding to record it with their reggae arrangement, but no matter for they have forever made the song their own.

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A New Chapter Of Dub
Aswad - A New Chapter Of Dub
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Aswad
Aswad - Aswad
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Hulet
Aswad - Hulet
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Universal Masters Collection
Aswad - Universal Masters Collection
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Live & Direct
Aswad - Live & Direct
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Cool Summer Reggae
Aswad - Cool Summer Reggae
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The Complete BBC Sessions
Aswad - The Complete BBC Sessions
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Aswad/ Black Uhuru/ Gregory Isaacs
Aswad - Aswad/ Black Uhuru/ Gregory Isaacs
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Firesticks
Aswad - Firesticks
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