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19 July 2012 Written by 

Stepping Out With Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the reggae band has remained close to their roots. The group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music. “We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political maneuver for someone, at some point," Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially in the black communities right now.”

Steel Pulse is the only UK reggae group to win a Grammy. The group was awarded for their 1986 album, "Babylon The Bandit." The band started out performing on the British punk scene with groups like Generation X as part of the Rock Against Racism movement which was founded in the Handsworth section of Birmingham by David Hinds and core members Selwyn Brown and Steve Nisbett. Their original Bass player, Ronald McQueen, named the group after a popular racehorse.

Always taking their causes to heart, Steel Pulse filed a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission in 1992. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and especially Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York. 2012 commemorates the 20th anniversary of this action.

Steel Pulse are currently working on a new album slated for release later in the year and also a documentary of their long career which features live footage and interviews.

Steel Pulse Tour Dates

07/27 - Pacific Ampitheatre - Costa Mesa, CA


07/28 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA


08/03 - Del Mar Racetrack- Del Mar, CA


08/24 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT


08/25 - Red Rocks Ampitheatre - Morrison, CO


09/02 - Pozo Saloon, Santa Margarita, CA *


09/03 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

09/09 - Doheny Days, CA

01/07 - 11/2013 - Jam Cruise 11

* with Ziggy Marley

SOURCE: examiner



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