On sale! Dawn Penn Music plus support Monday 9 April
Global Beats presents the Queen of Rocksteady, Dawn Penn with full live band.
Dawn Penn’s earliest recordings were composed and written by her around 1966 using session musicians. In 1967, she recorded the rocksteady single You Don’t Love Me, produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. She also recorded Why Did You Leave at Studio One, Broke My Heart for Bunny Lee, I Let You Go Boy and covers of To Sir with Love and Here Comes the Sun.
Dawn had also recorded for singer and producer Prince Buster early in her career with songs like Long Day, Short Night, Blue Yes Blue and Here’s the Key. By 1970, Penn had left the music industry and had moved to the Virgin Islands. However, she faced racism there, and in 1987, she returned to Jamaica and to music.
In the summer of 1992, she was invited to appear on stage at a Studio One anniversary show, where she performed the song You Don’t Love Me with Steely & Clevie as backing musicians. The performance was a success, and she returned to the recording studio to re-record the song for the tribute album Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage. It was released as the single You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) over a year later, reaching the charts in the U.S. and Europe, plus hitting #1 in her native Jamaica, and making #3 in the UK Singles Chart.
STANDING // 14+ (UNDER 16s TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT) // THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN KOMEDIA MAIN SPACE