Thursday, March 17, 2011

British Reggae star Smiley Culture has died + Press conference

British Reggae star Smiley Culture, real name David Emmanuel (47), has died after police officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey this Tuesday.

Because of the circumstance around his death a press conference was held today. Lee Jasper Chair of the London Race and Criminal Justice Consortium is chairing the press conference. Read the full story at Madnews

The Police Office singer is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home.

The press conference

The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.

He released his first single Cockney Translation in 1984 but was best known for Police Officer which was a Top Twenty hit and earned him two performances on BBC music show Top of the Pops.

Emmanuel had claimed the song, a light-hearted take on police attitudes to black people at the time, was based on his own experience of being let off by officers when caught with a spliff after recognising who he was. Read the full story at The Voice.


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