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Biography

One of the more revered producers of '70s dub reggae, Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair worked with a long list of musicians over the years, most notably his backing band, the Ring Craft Posse. The backing band never became as well known as luminaries like the Aggrovators, the Revolutionaries, or the Roots Radics, but they were nonetheless excellent and quite luminary themselves, especially in retrospect (thanks to the Moll-Selekta label for issuing a number of top-shelf collections). Blackbeard worked closely with them for years, roughly from the early '70s into the early '80s, during which time they recorded songs for innumerable Jamaican singers while he manned the boards. Blackbeard would often make dub versions of Ring Craft Posse backing tracks, an album's worth of which are compiled on Moll-Selekta's pristine St. Catherine in Dub 1972-1984 collection. The pioneering dub producer learned his trade from Bunny Lee, whom he worked with side by side for years, and he perfected his trade at King Tubby's old studio in Kingston, Mr. Tipsy, which he made his own. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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