Eddy Grant Undertakes First Tour in 20 Years
Most people will remember Eddy Grant for hits such as “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Electric Avenue”. The musical genius was once the owner of a number of box-office hits and he had screaming fans vying for his attention. Most recognize that his legendary status as a musician and songwriter never truly faded – though its been 20 years since he last did a tour.
Eddy Grant is a British reggae musician who was born in Guyana in 1948. He traveled to London with his parents as a young boy and soon started developing his musical talents. By the time he was just twenty years old he had managed to produce his first number-one hit – “Baby Come Back”. At the time he was the songwriter and lead guitarist for the group The Equals. Though he continued to enjoy some success with the band, he left The Equals after suffering some health problems in 1971 and chose, instead, to pursue a promising solo career. Grant was never slow to seize opportunities when they presented themselves and just one year after his split from the band he had the first black-owned recording studio in Europe where he could record his own music. In 1981 Eddy Grant made the decision to move his operation to RCA where he recorded some of his most memorable pieces. “I Don’t Wanna Dance” was so popular that it made number one on the UK chart in September and October 1982.
Over the years Eddy Grant proved to be hugely successful and influential and he used his musical talents to speak out against the injustices he saw in the world. One of his main targets was the apartheid regime which was still in action in South Africa at the time. Little wonder then that Eddy Grant was chosen to play at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in Hype Park on June 27. The event sparked the start of his new ‘Reparation’ Tour which will continue to move across the country during the month of July. Fans will find Eddy Grant singing from his heart and speaking his mind at a number of different venues across the country from July 1 to 11. If you’re a fan you should definitely get your ticket as soon as possible to make sure that you don’t miss out on this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!