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Charcoal Charlie

Originally released in 1986, Charcoal Charlie is relevant and relaxing reggae album by a stalwart and skilled composer, arranger, keyboards player... Pablove Black

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Pablove Black, musician (keyboards and steel drums), arranger, composer, bandleader, vocalist and producer; journalist; oriental medical specialist and herbal medicine man.

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It would be easier to name the famous reggae stars that Pablove Black has not worked with over the past four decades in some capacity, than to try to fill the page with famous names. From Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to Marcia Griffiths and Diana King, all have been blessed with a touch of the brilliance of reggae keyboard legend Pablove Black.

Pablove started playing piano and steel drums in the mid 1960’s and, within six months, made his first television appearance with Pan Master, Kelvin Hart and the all Trinidadian Federal All Star Steel Band. By 1968 he was a member of the UWI Carnival Champions, The Wanderers.

In 1971, Pablove, already exposed to the roots music of the Skatalites, joined the studio One Crew, (Jamaica’s Motown) and, under the watchful eyes of legendary producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd and jazz greats Jackie Mittoo (keyboards), Ernest Ranglin (guitar), and Roland Alphanso (saxophone), made invaluable contributions playing keyboards, arranging music and doing background vocals with legendary bassman Earl (Bagga) Walker and the soul defenders for artists like Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, and Johnny Osbourne. Pablove also worked at the Black Ark Studios of Lee Perry where he collaborated on products for Little Roy (Tribal War), and Junior Byles (Curly Locks), along with Junior Dan (bass) and Benbow (drums).

Since then he has travelled the world with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minnott, and many more...Pablove Black is a name well known in the reggae circuit and he can still be heard on the tracks of current reggae stars such as Etosi Brooks, Tashiba, Nanko, Kashief Lindo, 3HOT3HANDLE and the list could go on.

If one wanted to enjoy the live sounds of Pablove Black, as he continues to do what he has always done, bring good music to good people, one would simply have to drop into South Florida's scene where he can be found producing sweet sounds on his solo instrument of choice, the steel drum.  Simply take a look at the events calendar to see where you can catch up with Pablove Black and his Studio One Man Band


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