An album of reggae collaborations with artists spanning four continents and seven decades of recording experience, featuring House of Shem, Tippa Irie, BLVK H3RO, Inner Circle, Pablo Rider, KIOKO, Gilly G, Slinger, Winston Francis, Leno Banton and General Zooz (Reggae Rajahs)
“UB40 are regarded as legends here in Jamaica. They keep their hearts close to the people and especially the community they come from, and I love how they stay on that path, just trying to uplift people.” – BLVK H3RO
Following 2019’s critically acclaimed original album, ‘For The Many’, on 25th June UB40 release Bigga Baggariddim, an incredible celebration of the genre they love, and a seminal reggae collaborations album.
Over 35 years after the original Baggariddim album, UB40 have reunited with artists who appeared on the 1985 album, and collaborated with new, diverse, reggae talent from around the world, who sing and deejay over cuts of the same rhythms. It was in cities like UB40’s hometown of Birmingham, where people from different ethnic backgrounds first learnt to live with one another, giving rise to multi-cultural Britain. It’s therefore natural for UB40 to collaborate with artists of differing nationalities, ages, and cultural backgrounds, as well as those sharing the same roots as themselves.
“We really enjoy collaborations and this is a natural progression from the original Baggariddim, only more international, and a perfect companion to our last album, For The Many, because it uses the same rhythms/backing tracks, but features some of the reggae friends we’ve met and worked with around the world.” – Robin Campbell, UB40
A companion to their critically acclaimed 2019 album, For The Many, Bigga Baggariddim features the same rhythms and guest artists from different parts of the world, including Jamaica, New Zealand, India, and UB40’s home town of Birmingham.
New Zealand’s roots reggae band, House Of Shem, guest on three tracks, led by the irresistible Good Vibes Tonight. From India, the Reggae Rajahs’ General Zooz adds more diversity to UB40’s most eclectic album yet, and as the founders of Goa’s annual reggae festival, are a testament to India’s rapidly growing reggae scene. They perform on the ear-worm, Roots Rocks Reggae.
Joining this selection of international talent are artists from reggae’s homeland of Jamaica, where a new generation of stars has emerged in the past decade, led by Protoje, Koffee and Chronixx. After UB40’s management heard a BBC 1Xtra session showcasing new Jamaican artists, BLVK H3RO and Leno Banton (son of legendary dancehall pioneer, Burro Banton) were invited to appear on Bigga Baggariddim.
Veteran Jamaican reggae artists are represented by Winston Francis (whose long list of hits includes Mr Fix It, which UB40 covered on Labour Of Love III) and Inner Circle, whose overdubs on the track Rebel Love gives it their distinctive, platinum-selling Inner Circle Sound.
Reggae bands like UB40, who write and produce their own music, had all but disappeared in the UK until fellow Brummie band, KIOKO, came along. The two bands met when Kioko performed a tribute to UB40, playing One In Ten live at Birmingham’s annual Music Awards. They join the together on Bigga Baggariddim’s You Don’t Call Anymore.
Alongside UB40’s emergence in the 1980s, there was a UK deejay explosion. Of this talent, Tippa Irie made his reputation on London Sound Systems – and guests here on On The Road – alongside three Birmingham MC’s: Gilly G (Me Nah Leave Yet), Pablo Rider (Did You See That) and Slinger (My Life Action).
Pablo Rider and Slinger both featured on the original Baggariddim album in 1985, and also made cameo appearances on For The Many. They and Gilly G are all expected to join UB40 on the Bigga Baggariddim tour, which begins in November (see below for details).
UB40’s passion for reggae and belief in its cultural importance has led them to create an exceptional reggae collaborations album, which will remind the listener of reggae’s timeless and evolving power, whilst also introducing them to new, vital and emerging reggae talent.
Bigga Baggariddim tracklist:
1. Good Vibes Tonight – UB40 / House of Shem
2.On The Road – UB40 / Tippa Irie
3.Gravy Train Is Coming – UB40 / BLVK H3RO
4.Rebel Love – UB40 / Inner Circle
5.Did You See That? – UB40 / Pablo Rider
6.You Don’t Call Anymore – UB40 / KIOKO
7.Me Nah Leave Yet – UB40 / Gilly G
8.Love You Now – UB40 / House Of Shem
9.Mi Life Action – UB40 / Slinger
10.My Best Friend’s Girl – UB40 / Winston Francis
11.Message Of Love – UB40 / House Of Shem
12.I’m Alright – UB40 / BLVK H3RO
13.Show And Prove – UB40 / Leno Banton
14.What Happened To The Have Not’s? – UB40 / BLVK H3RO
15.Roots Rock Reggae – UB40 / General Zooz (Reggae Rajahs)
UB40’S autumn tour dates (newly added venues):
FRIDAY 19TH CASTLEBAR Royal Theatre
SATURDAY 20TH BELFAST Ulster Hall
SUNDAY 21ST KERRY INEC
WEDNESDAY 24TH EDINBURGH Usher Hall
THURSDAY 25TH GLASGOW Barrowlands
SATURDAY 27TH ABERDEEN Music Hall
SUNDAY 28TH STOCKTON Globe
TUESDAY 30TH BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom
WEDNESDAY 1ST NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate Hall
THURSDAY 2ND NORWICH UEA
SATURDAY 4TH MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
SUNDAY 5TH LIVERPOOL Eventim Olympia
MONDAY 6TH PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
WEDNESDAY 8TH LEEDS First Direct Arena
THURSDAY 9TH BRIGHTON Centre
FRIDAY 10TH CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
SUNDAY 12TH LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
MONDAY 13TH CHELTENHAM Centaur
TUESDAY 14TH PLYMOUTH Pavillions
THURSDAY 16TH HULL Bonus Arena
SATURDAY 18TH BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
SUNDAY 19TH BRISTOL O2 Academy
MONDAY 20TH STOKE Victoria Hall
WEDNESDAY 22ND NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
UB40 are Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, James Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Laurence Parry and Tony Mullings. They are one of the most successful British bands of the last 40 years, and one of the greatest reggae artists of all time. Their achievements include 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart (including three UK no. 1s), four Grammy Awards nominations, two US no. 1s and in excess of 100 million album sales.