Saturday, September 13, 2008

McKitty takes the lead

Donovan McKitty in action with Steel Pulse last month (pic copyright Gabe Lawrence)
As I'm now living in Cambodia, I'm a little out of the loop on developments with my favourite band, reggae legends Steel Pulse. I find out the latest news a few months after the event. That goes for any line-up changes within the band, which are pretty rare but they happen. For example, its come to my attention that the band's exceptional lead guitarist Moonie Pusey has been missing from their live line-up this year. He wasn't on stage in Brazil in March and was absent again for recent shows in California. As for the shows in-between, I've no idea, as I said I'm out of the loop. Steel Pulse's lead singer and founder David Hinds makes it his policy not to talk about band member changes, preferring instead to let the music do the talking and focusing on Steel Pulse as a whole rather than the individuals within the band. The man who has taken on the role in Moonie's absence is veteran guitarist Donovan McKitty, who's played with all the top Jamaican artists like Burning Spear, Shinehead and many more. I've no confirmation whether the change is a permanent one - but my reliable sources tell me it is.


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