All about Truths & Rights
The Dancehall Godfather, Johnny Osbourne, makes his Wilkswood Roots Reggae debut this year, appearing with The Uppercut Band on the main stage on Sunday.
One of the most popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer of all time, Johnny (born Errol Osbourne in Jamaica in 1947) rose to success in the late 1970s and mid-1980s; his album ‘Truths And Rights’ was a huge roots reggae hit, featuring timeless tracks ‘Jah Promise’ and ‘Truths and Rights’.
Johnny attended the Alpha Boys School, an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica that also was home to Yellowman, founding members of the Skatalites, Leroy Smart and Leroy Horsemouth Wallace as well as Jazz men Dizzy Reece and Joe Harriott.
He enjoyed big hits with covers of US soul tunes like ‘Ready Or Not’ and Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘Reasons’. Thanks to his nickname of ‘Dancehall Godfather’, Osbourne is the most in-demand vocalist for dubplates, best known for his mid-1980s dancehall reggae hits ‘Buddy Bye’ (based on King Jammy’s ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim), ‘Ice Cream Love’ and ‘Water Pumping’.
The Upper Cut Band have been delivering their inimitable style of UK roots reggae since the summer of 2008 and have spent the past two years rocking festivals and clubs throughout Europe and the UK, sharing the stage with artists such as The Skatalites, Earl Sixteen, Macka B and Fantan Mojah. The dynamic of the band is such that the frontman position is kept open enabling them to interchange vocalists. In essence they are a session band, but can be seen performing regularly with an array of reggae artists with differing styles such as Solo Banton, Horseman, Tippa Irie (who they performed with at 2017’s festival), Carroll Thompson and Earl Sixteen (who fronted the band at 2018’s festival).