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Steel Pulse co-founder passes away

MISSED: Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett

THE WORLD has been plunged into mourning following the loss of Steel Pulse founding member Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett. He passed away 'suddenly' yesterday (18 January) at the age of 69.

Born on the small Caribbean island of Nevis, the eldest of seven children, he migrated to Birmingham, England, in 1957 at the age of nine to join his parents. He began playing drums and percussion as a teenager, and was a member of various soul bands including Penny Black, Rebel, and Roy Gee and the Stax Explosion.

Nisbett joined Steel Pulse in 1977 before the release of their top ten-charting debut album, Handsworth Revolution, and remained with the band, as main drummer, until 1998. He continued to play percussion until 2001, when he retired due to health concerns.

COLLECTIVE: Steel Pulse in 1979

The band published a statement via its Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must pass the sad news that today, our brother, our friend, our time keeper for so many years, original founding member of Steel Pulse, Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett has passed away suddenly and unexpected.

"As we the Steel Pulse family far and wide have lost someone so close to us, we will still take the stage in a few hours on the Jam Cruise, knowing that the joy that Grizz had bringing the Steel Pulse music and message to our beloved fans around the world, will continue on today, and his spirit, love, and love for you all will ring out across the seas, touching your heart and ours.

"Bless Grizzly, Rest In Power!”

Through its socially conscious recordings, Steel Pulse's material actively spoke out against racism and injustice throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Its hits include Out of My System, Ku Klux Klan, Steppin' Out and Chant A Psalm.

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