Soul II Soul put something called Black British Music on the international map. They-- Jazzie B and Dadde Harvey, and Aitch B-- created a totally British black 'funky dred' sound based on an eclectic mix of soul, reggae, funk and European music. Perhaps Soul II Soul's great contribution was their initiative in creating an assertive new sound, not a traceable copy of something that black Americans had done, which was set at the time against an exciting backdrop of new black British film, theatre, and writing.
Jazzie B was the progenitor of Soul II Soul. He was born and raised in Hornsey Rise, North London. His sole ambition-- to be the best DJ, and a producer of music-was realized by the late 80's. Jazzie B with a musical outfit, which would remain a sort of sound system cum group, signed to Virgin Records after being heard at his the historic Africa Centre, his regular Dee-jaying spot. Their debut track Fairplay, featuring Rose Windross, became a dance classic. The group released their second single Feel Free with singer Do'Reen which went to number one on the dance charts. However, their third single Keep on Movin' featuring the amazing singer Caron Wheeler zoomed straight into the national charts at number 5 and was played internationally. Back To Life the follow up single shot to Number one in every chart.
The Sound System has won many awards including Soul Train Awards, Grammy's, and various Dance Awards, plus numerous Gold and Platinum awards worldwide in recognition of massive record sales. Jazzie B is also respected for his production talents working as a producer and remixing for artistes like Wookie, James Brown, Cheryl Lynn, Monie Love, The Chimes, Fine Young Cannibals, Family Stand and Alyson Williams.