Dennis Brown, The Crown Prince Of Reggae



Actor David Harewood celebrates the music and legacy of the Crown Prince of reggae, Dennis Brown.

On July 1st 1999, the Crown Prince of reggae Dennis Brown died of heart failure. On the 20th anniversary of his death - a date which coincides with 'International Reggae Day', a day which globally celebrates the music of reggae. We remember his contribution to the genre.

Dennis Brown wasn't just another reggae artist, he was nicknamed the Crown Prince of reggae by Bob Marley, who said he was his favourite singer. In his hometown of Jamaica, Dennis was even more popular than Bob Marley. Mainly because he started recording his first songs at just 11 years of age.

In a 30-year career, Dennis recorded over 70 albums. During the late 1970s, he enjoyed international success with 'Money in My Pocket' and much of his work is now considered classic material.

His fan base and influence include artists like Ali Campbell (UB40), Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), Shaggy, Sylvia Tella, Barrington Levy, Maxi Priest and many more. He also mentored and produced the artist Junior Delgado.

But, like many of his contemporaries, Dennis suffered a lot of personal tragedy, with substance abuse and many health problems. Since his death, he was posthumously awarded an Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government. And, the Dennis Emanuel Brown Trust was set up to help alleviate poverty by creating educational opportunities.

From family and friends to ex-bandmates and celebrity fans. The programme celebrates his music, influence and legacy.

David Harewood celebrates the music legacy of the Crown Prince of reggae, Dennis Brown.