London Hackney, United Kingdom
About Anthony Brightly - Pure Silk - Black Slate -
Sir George Sound/Record Label
Anthony Brightly was born in Hackney, East London, to Jamaican immigrants, George and Millicent Brightly. Growing up in the 1970s, Anthony was one of the first generation of children of West Indian parentage born in Britain. During these turbulent social times, this new immigrant population forged their own identity resulting in an amalgamation of British and West Indian culture.
His father ran the Sir George sound system which afforded the young Brightly great exposure to the music industry and the day's leading artists. Still at school, he became the keyboard player in the band Black Slate with four school mates. Guided by their manager, Brightly senior, Black Slate became an early pioneer of UK based Roots Reggae alongside the likes of Steel Pulse and Aswad. The band saw early success with “Sticks Man” a social commentary track detailing the growing revolt of black youth against the oppr