Dawn Penn, voice of Studio One records, lines up UK tour
Singer of You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) set for UK dates
Born in Jamaica. Keeps her current whereabouts hush-hush.
Singer for seminal Kingston label Studio One as a teenager in the 1960s, including her own reggae covers of tracks such as ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’. A performance of her debut single ‘You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)’ at a Studio One anniversary show inspired a hugely successful remix and rerelease of the song in ’94, with Rihanna and Beyonce more recently performing their own versions.
How did you start in music?
‘I recorded for Studio One, but I didn’t know anything about the music business. Over time I moved to the Virgin Islands then America, and then my songs started to get a bit of money in from dubplates and remixes and things, which enabled me to start playing shows and festivals in Europe.’
Is it true you retired during those years in the Virgin Islands?
‘No, my dad is from the British Virgin Islands and there’s a legacy there on two sides of the family, the Quakers and the pirates. So I went to look into my roots, but I still played music during this time.’
What have you been doing more recently?
‘I have singles coming out, I have an album, I have a track I’m working on at the moment, a funky house track called ‘Life’.’
What can we expect from the live show?
‘It will be a live PA, I’ll do all the old tracks, my new tracks and tracks that I like. Whatever happens, I’m very flexible. I see these people coming up now, just because maybe they have an X-Factor person backing them or they’re not in my age group or whatever … I still love music, I love singing music, and I’ll continue to do that.’
African & Caribbean Centre, Glasgow, Sat 29 Jan.