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Dan-I's Full - length Biography

   

Dan-I joined his first group at the age of twelve as lead vocalist of the band KUBLA KHAN and performed live.

 

1969 Dan-I became lead vocalist of the group REIGN and recorded musical spotlight for BBC TV. Also performed live concerts opening for GENESIS, THE KINKS and OSIBISA.

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1970 Dan-I was invited to join Andy Frazer (former bassist of FREE) as singer of his new band.
1972 Dan-I performed live with the ALAN BOWN BAND as lead vocalist.
1973   Dan-I, as lead vocalist of D’ DANCER, toured with HOT CHOCOLATE on national UK tour. Also recorded double-sided single entitled DANCER/ISABELLE (Made in Heaven Records)produced by Chris Squire of YES, and Marketed by Atlantic Records.

1974   Dan-I recorded with Mick Taylor, guitarist (former member of JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUES BREAKERS, and THE ROLLING STONES). The recording Dan-I made with Mick Taylor and his band was entitled SHAPE I’M IN (composed by THE BAND). This version was produced by Eddie Offord, engineered by Generator.

 

1975

 

  Dan-I sang lead vocals with Latin American Band SPITERI from Venezuela (Warner Bros.)
(1975)  

Dan-I worked towards the formation of a new band with Paul Kossof (former guitarist of FREE)

 

1976  

Dan-I recorded with Lofty (former member of OSIBISA and founder of ZEBRA) produced by Vangelis.

 

1977

 

 

Dan-I performed as part of the British Contingent for the FESTAC (Black Art and Cultural Festival) with THE FUNKEES (Nigeria’s No. 1 Pop band). Recorded a TV program and performed a three month Live National Tour of Nigeria.

   

 

1978   Dan-I formed the band ABBRAKA with two members of THE FUNKEES and performed live.

(1978)

 

 

Dan-I sang with Funk band PLEASURE ZONE with Mel Gaynor who later joined SIMPLE MINDS. Also sang for Afro/Funk/Jazz band EFIAK with Jake Le’Meseurier who later formed CENTRAL LINE.

 

(1978)

 

 

Dan-I joined Reggae band THE TOPICS (Desmond Dekker’s backing band) and performed live.

 

(1978)  

Dan-I co-produced and recorded a Jazz L.P. with Augustas Arnold, (a.k.a.) Julio Finn, featuring Dudu Pequana and his band, which Dan-I sang lead vocals on one song entitled THE GHOSTESS NAMED DINAH (Charlie Records).

 

1979

 

 

Dan-I recorded and performed live with RITUAL, a Jazz/Funk band (United Artists).

 

(1979)  

Dan-I recorded lead vocals on an L.P. with Lemi of BLOW FOUNDERS 15 (Time Records)

 

(1979)

 

 

Dan-I Recorded and wrote lyrics for KOSSAGA (Age of Time Records-catalogue no. KO5587021) Marketed by Atlantic Records.

 

(1979)  

Dan-I released a single entitled MONKEY CHOP (Island- 12 inch:12WIP6520,  7 inch: 7WIP6520)Composed by S. E. Lewinson, sung and produced by Dan-I, (a.k.a.) S. E. Lewinson, mixed by Dan-I and Trevor Horn which became a Hit: Nine weeks in UK Pop Charts; No. 1 in Milan, Italy, and No. 4 Nationally in Italy;  No. 8 British Dance Charts;  TOP 20 in Sweden, and the biggest selling record of the time in New Zealand (outselling The Beatles). Also reached Club Top 13 in Switzerland and Denmark. Also appeared on the TOP OF THE POPS program on BBC, and SATURDAY BANANA on Southern T.V, U.K.  Later releases in Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Norway, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, and all other territories.

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(1979)  

Dan-I appeared in the film ACTION, directed by Tinto Brass.

 

1980

 

 

Dan-I released a second 12 inch single entitled HIDDEN VALLEY, Featuring Sue Glover on backing vocals. (Island- catalogue no. 12WIP6572)

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(1980)

 

 

Dan-I performed Live on T.V. in Stockholm, Sweden on the T.V. program MONDAY SPECIAL. Also performed live at the ATLANTIC CLUB in Stockholm.

 

(1980)

 

 

Dan-I appeared on Italian T.V. in Milan on the POPCORN program and the DISCO RING program, then to Rome IN ON SUNDAY program. Also performed a live stadium gig in Rieti, Rome.

 

(1980)  

Dan-I released a 7 inch single entitled LETS BE AN ANIMAL (RCA in Spain; Aura Records catalogue no. AUS123 in UK; Marketed by Spartan Records)

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1981-82

 

 

Dan-I spent time writing with Busta Jones (former bassist for Albert King, Sharks, and Talking Heads)

   

Dan-I recorded several rock tracks with Busta culminating in headlining the opening of the Irving Plaza in Manhattan NYC, NY with Billy Idol, The Ramones, and Holly and the Italians.

 

1982-83  

Dan-I formed Gospel Group UNITY 83 and performed live in Manhattan, and Long Island, NY.

 

1983

 

 

Dan-I formed Gospel group GOLDEN KEYS, also Soul/Funk band RARE TASTE and performed live in Manhattan, NYC, NY.

 

1983-84  

Dan-I co-formed Tibetan Rock Reggae Band EMPTY GESTURE which recorded and performed live in NYC, NY, and opened for Phillip Glass. Also toured and recorded in California, and opened for the MEDITATIONS and the GLADIATORS.

 

1984  

Dan-I released an LP in the USA entitled NICELY NICELY (The Vodka Label catalogue no. VDK8001).

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1985

 

 

Dan-I joined the Reggae band UNITY in L.A. California, and opened for BURNING SPEAR.

(1985)  

Dan-I recorded an album with UNITY (Caye Records/Selmore Records- catalogue no. UN.2003/S.16403104) They also recorded a 30 minute T.V. Special livicated to Haile Selassie on KPBS.

 

1986 

 

 

Dan-I wrote, arranged and sang backing vocals for BABYLON WARRIORS, also toured the USA and opened for STEEL PULSE in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and BIG YOUTH at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles, C.A.

 

1986-87 

 

 

London, UK- Dan-I joined Rock Band with KOFI BAKER, son of Ginger Baker (former drummer of CREAM) and continued to work on his own project, and recorded WHO KILLED THE PROPHETS? Featuring BIG YOUTH. 12 inch (V.I.P. Records catalogue no. VIP007).

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1986-87  

Dan-I reunited with Busta Jones and co-wrote several tracks, and made recording of SURE LOVE THE FEELING with Mica Paris on backing vocals, and Andy Gill (former member of GANG OF FOUR) on guitar.

 

  1987

 

 

Dan-I wrote three songs with YOUTH (former bassist of KILLING JOKE).

 

(1987)

 

 

Dan-I and Busta made video for the song SURE LOVE THE FEELING.

 

1988

 

 

Dan-I and KI performed live and recorded three tracks in London, UK.

 

 

(1988)

 

 

Dan-I performed live with EMPTY GESTURE a special benefit concert for the Dalai Lama , accompanied on guitar by special guest Nick Korner (son of Alexis Korner) at the Peace Bogota- Battersea Park, London.

 

(1988)

 

 

Dan-I recorded two tracks with Busta Jones: Track A- MY HANDS ARE SHAKIN’ (Bass/Vocals- Busta Jones; Guitar- Andy Gill of GANG OF FOUR; Keyboards- Helen Turner; Backing vocals- Dan-I) and Track AA- NUBIAN MIX (Guitar-Jimmy Ripp of MICK JAGGER BAND; Bass/Vocals – Busta Jones, Backing vocals-Dan-I). Sierra records- catalogue no. 12BJ188

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1989

 

 

Dan-I released an Ace LP entitled SURE LOVE THE FEELING (Selmore Records- catalogue no. ALPSEL001).

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1989-90

 

 

Dan-I and the Freedom Fighter performed live throughout the U.K.

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1991-92

 

 

Dan-I and the Freedom Fighter recorded and released an LP entitled WATERS OF REBELLION (Ease Records-catalogue no. EASE001).

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1991-92

 

 

Continued to tour UK with DAN-I AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER.

 

1991-92

 

 

Dan-I and two members of Freedom Fighter went to Jamaica and promoted LP on  IRIE FM RADIO.

 

(1992)

 

 

Dan-I and the Freedom Fighter toured France, also U.K.

 

(1992)

 

 

Dan-I performed with ROCK STONE (reggae band) in London, U.K.

 

     (1992)

 

 

Dan-I performed live with RDF and sang lead and backing vocals (Guest Appearance).

 

1994

 

 

Dan-I and Lucky (a.k.a) Jeremiah formed the band SPLASH and performed live in front of Johannesburg library, STREET LAW: CELEBRATING OUR RIGHTS- HUMAN RIGHTS DAY In South Africa

 

(1994)  

Johannesburg, South Africa- Dan-I and SYEZA composed and rehearsed songs.

 

1994-95  

Dan-I recorded and performed live throughout Johannesburg with BIG ISLAND.

 

1995

 

 

Dan-I formed project: DAN-I AND THE ALTAR featuring the group SONS OF SELASSIE and performed live at the Tandoor, Rocky Street, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

1996

 

 

Dan-I performed live with Reggae band TUFF GONG in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

1997  

Dan-I and the reggae band ROOT SYNDICATE ONE performed live in London, UK.

 

1997  

Dan-I and JUMP WITH JOEY recorded the song- BAREFOOTIN’ on the LP entitled SKA ISLAND (Island-catalogue no. 314-524-392-2) Produced by Gaz Mayall and engineered by Damian Korner.

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    1999

 

 

Dan-I released cd:  LIVING FIGURES (Onset Records- catalogue no. OSET001)

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2000  

Dan-I formed project: DAN-I AND THE DRAGNET and performed live.

 

(2000)

 

 

Dan-I composed and recorded with UNITY in Los Angeles, CA.

 

2001  

Dan-I composed and recorded with BABYLON WARRIORS in Los Angeles, CA.

 

2002  

Dan-I re-released the cd: LIVING FIGURES on his label Onset Records- (catalogue no. OSET001).

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