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February is African American Heritage Month and WERS AT NIGHT is honoring one artist or one song every day this month that helped contribute to social consciousness, political responsibility, or civil rights. At WERS, we believe that these songs are always bigger than just entertainment; music can be used to drive a movement or even motivate a nation.
We are celebrating African American Heritage Month by recognizing the life of Dennis Emmanuel Brown.
Dennis Emmanuel Brown is regarded as one of the princes of Reggae music. However, over the last decade, reggae fans and Jamaica have regarded him in a much higher status. Dennis Brown’s contribution to reggae music makes him a King, rather than a prince. He started recording at age 13, busting out songs like “No Man is an Island” and “Wolfs and Leopards”. Born on February 1, 1957, Dennis Brown came into this world on a mission to spread love and encouragement through reggae music, which he did not stop until his death on July 1, 1991.
Mr. Brown’s career began in the late 1960’s. He was born right in the musical parish of Kingston, Jamaica. He established his reputation in Jamaica and in other Countries. He was known as Bob Marley’s favorite singer. Brown, recorded over a span of 30 years. His unique voice and his talent for developing a song in style and voice, is what made him who he was. His song, “Here I Come” is a perfect example. This song has only five stanzas and it is 4 minutes long. However, the way Dennis Brown sung those five stanzas makes you think the song is much longer and denser than it really is. This is what made Dennis Brown. His soulful, distinctive voice and his ability to deliver a song is the reason, “Here I Come”, was and still is one of his biggest hits.
Recently, the Jamaican government had rewarded the late Dennis Brown for his music and dedication. He was awarded, the “Order of District”, which honors any citizen for their outstanding work in their field. Dennis Emmanuel Brown was awarded in 2011, a little late, but appropriate for such a talented singer. WERS, as well as his fans, appreciate Dennis Brown’s contribution in the reggae industry.