DRUMMIE Zeb, the lead singer of reggae band Aswad, has died aged 62.
The pioneer, born Angus Gaye, has “left a huge void,” his bandmates said today as they confirmed the tragic news.
They said in a statement: “It is with deepest regret and loss that we announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.
“Drummie was the lead singer of the legendary band Aswad and is loved and respected by family, friends and colleagues alike.
“More information will be provided at a later date, but on behalf of his family and Aswad – we ask that their privacy be respected at this heartbreaking time.
“Drummie left us to join our ancestors, leaving a huge void both personally and professionally.”
Tributes have since poured in for Drummie, with UB40’s Ali Campbell spearheading the heartfelt messages.
He wrote on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Aswads Drummie Zeb. We’ve lost another British reggae pioneer.
“My deepest condolences to the entire Aswad family @TheRealAswad. Great love.”
Another fan wrote: “Devastated to hear of the death of an absolute legend and a huge inspiration – Drummie Zeb was special. RIP.”
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A third wrote: “Aswad were absolute pioneers when it came to British reggae and I love that they’ve found commercial success without losing their roots.”
Someone else said, “One of my favorite groups, led by a very special man.”
Aswad began performing in the 1970s, releasing a total of 21 albums and touring around the world.
Her hits include Don’t Turn Around and Shine.
After 16 years, band member Forde left the band in 1996 for spiritual reasons, leaving Drummie as the sole founding member.
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