Wed | Sep 20, 2017

Dennis Walks Revitalised

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Dennis Walks

Veteran roots reggae artiste Dennis Walks is one of few who can be considered a true living legend, and has been accredited with contributing significantly to the advancement of the roots reggae genre globally, in the late 1960s and 1970s, as well as maintaining its authenticity for almost 40 years.

Remembered mostly for his hit single, The Drifter, in 1967 and his mega international hit single, Margaret, produced by Harry Mudie in 1974, which was rivalled only by Bob Marley's Small Axe, as it consistently held the number two spot on the International Music Charts in 1975.

Other popular singles include Navel String and Almighty High, both produced by Joe Gibbs. The pioneering artiste is now poised to aggressively revamp his career with a series of new releases and upcoming major performances both locally and internationally.

Dennis Walks, whose real name is Dennis Vassell, still tours extensively, and continues to record for various labels locally and internationally.

He has compiled a vast musical catalogue, which he now plans to strategically release over the course of this year, since working intricately with New York-based recording label Summit Hill Records, as well as other local and international labels.

"I have been in this business for so many years and I've seen the music evolve over time. I still do have a lot of creative energy still within me and as such, I am still producing more authentic roots reggae as I have always been. I also do believe that my status as an artiste back then was seriously hampered by bad business practices on the part of many producers, who unfairly compensated the artistes who recorded for their labels, as it is a fact that back then, there wasn't much consideration for our intellectual rights. I am now ready to revitalise my career under the right team of music industry professionals, which I now have in place," he said.