Englishman's Shango Band
is a D.C. reggae group that sings about real life and
current world issues with a likeable mix of smooth,
lovers-edged tunes and harder, more "true"
With all-encompassing sound, strong instrumentation and
quality songwriting, the Shango Band has been performing since
the late 1980's and won the award for Best Reggae Band in
the 2001 D.C. Annual Reggae Music Awards.
The band's bass-player, lead singer, songwriter and producer,
Englishman, spent a number of years in England as a youth.
He has performed with many reggae bands there and around the
U.S. for about 30 years. Englishman received WAMMIE awards
in 1989 for Best Male Vocalist, in 1990 for Best Instrumentalist,
three in 1991 and two more in 1992. He has been a Master Artist
in the D.C. Folks Arts Program for the Commission on the Arts
Other members of the Shango Band also have performed with
reggae bands throughout Europe and the U.S. They include Eric
(Spiduki) McDermott (drummer/singer) and Jackson (Professor)
Briscoe, a graduate of Howard University and MIT, where he
studied mathematics and classical music.
The Shango Band performs at many university night clubs and
international events in Europe and the U.S. Their live performance
keeps the audience feeling upbeat and positive! Englishman
and the Shango Band recorded their latest CD "Got to
Know Your Purpose" in Iceland while completing their