Reggae legends Steel Pulse fought racism wherever they found it | Metro News

Source: Reggae legends Steel Pulse fought racism wherever they found it | Metro News

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Steel Pulse even dressed up as the Ku Klux Klan on the BBC to call out the National Front.

Guitar superstar Eric Clapton was less than 100 metres from where Enoch Powell made his Rivers of Blood speech when he shouted ‘Vote Enoch’ and ‘get the w**s out of Britain.’

His racist tirade at Birmingham Odeon in 1976 poured petrol on a fire that was already burning down the road in Handsworth where reggae band Steel Pulse were ready to fight racism on all fronts.

These angry young men goaded the establishment, the police, racists and especially the far-right party The National Front. Two decades later US President Bill Clinton would invite them to play at The White House.

When the band got their big break on the BBC in 1978 they dressed up as the Ku Klux Klan and called out the NF in front of millions.

Steel Pulse founder, songwriter and singer David Hinds said: ‘We dressed up and saw ourselves as stage performers as well as musicians, choreographing and dressing for the song, for Ku Klux Klan we had members dressed in Klan outfits and would act out fights with each other to emphasis the struggle we were trying to express.

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