We are pleased to announce the legendary Blackbyrds to the Margate Soul Festival Line Up.
Inspired by trumpeter Donald Byrd and featuring some of his Howard University students: Kevin Toney (keyboards), Keith Killgo (vocals, drums) who heads the band now; Joe Hall (bass guitar), Allan Barnes (saxophone, clarinet), and Barney Perry (guitar). Orville Saunders (guitar), and Jay Jones (flute, saxophone) joined later.
The group signed to Fantasy Records in 1973 and are best known for their 1975 hit “Walking in Rhythm”, which received a Grammy nomination, sold over one million copies by May 1975.
They released eight albums from 1974 to 1980 and became an inspiration to British jazz-funk acts such as Light of the World and Hi-Tension. More recently, they have made a significant impact on the hip-hop generation with Gang Starr, Da Lench Mobb, and Full Force sampling their music. In particular, their 1975 song “Rock Creek Park” from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups and artists such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash to mention only a few.
Expect to hear their extensive catalogue of classic cuts, underground hits and rare groove anthems