Jah Warrior

Jah Warriors were a UK-based reggae band from Ipswich, Suffolk. The line-up included Lloyd "Captain" Morgan (lead vocals), Ira Jones (vocals, lead guitar), Gordon Mulraine (bass guitar), Joseph White…
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Jah Warriors were a UK-based reggae band from Ipswich, Suffolk. The line-up included Lloyd "Captain" Morgan (lead vocals), Ira Jones (vocals, lead guitar), Gordon Mulraine (bass guitar), Joseph White (drums), Aubrey Mulraine (keyboards), Lloyd Clarke (saxophone) and Trevor Jones (trombone). In 1982, the band released their debut, "If Only You Knew"/"Can't Take It No More", which was met with critical acclaim but failed commercially. Undeterred, the group built a solid reputation touring, and in 1984 they were asked to support the legendary Curtis Mayfield. Although an R&B performer, Mayfield and the Impressions had influenced many of Jamaica's top performers. Conscious and respectful of the singer's eminence, the young group gave their all in support of the influential musician. The group performed "Tribute To Bob Marley" alongside tracks from their forthcoming album, including "Drug Squad", "Can't Cook" and their earlier singles releases. Mayfield was impressed by the band's performance and predicted a bright future for the group. The experience proved beneficial and the band released Poor Mans Story, which covered a diversity of subjects including abortion ("Innocent Ones") and an interpretation of an advertising jingle, "Liquor". The album was recorded locally by the band at a studio owned by the 60s pop singer Chris Andrews, who had a Top 10 hit with "Yesterday Man", later covered in a reggae version by Nicky Thomas.

The group continued to work with Andrews for their second album, which included the Bob Marley tribute. The track featured the playing skills of one-time Wailer Al Anderson, and has since become a standard for the group. The group also released the lovers rock hit "What's This Feeling", followed by "Love Has A Way". While performing lovers rock tracks, they also continued in a roots vein for the haunting "Apartheid" and still enjoy cult status. Their status as UK rockers was endorsed when they were invited to perform alongside the reggae élite as part of the British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal. In the 90s the group enjoyed a revival as dubmasters, releasing Great Kings Of Israel In Dub and African Tribes Dub.