Erald Briscoe
Erald Briscoe, also known as Englishman is a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

-born reggae
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.Reggae is based...

 musician who has recorded as a solo artist and has also played bass guitar
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

 in several bands, including Ras Michael
Ras Michael
Ras Michael is a Jamaican reggae singer and Nyabinghi specialist. He also performs under the name of Dadawah.-Biography:...

's Sons of Negus, the Shango Band (with whom he also sings), and JFC.


Briscoe was born and raised in the UK, and as a teenager was a member of the London-based Revelation Reggae Band, taking initial inspiration from players such as Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles and Wings , McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and sales of 100...

, Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass guitar as well as for his numerous film and television scores...

 and Robbie Shakespeare. He then joined Ras Michael's band, with which he toured Europe. In the late 1980s be began releasing records under the name Englishman, with debut album Fighting to Survive released in 1986. backed by the Roots Vibration Band, he became popular in the United States, and he has been based for most of his life in Washington, DC.


  • Fighting to Survive (1986), Mighty Roots
  • My African Sister (1986), Mighty Roots
  • Check For the Youth (1987), Mighty Roots
  • Meditations of South Africa (1987), Mighty Roots
  • Roots Vibration in a Combination Stylee (1987), Mighty Roots - Englishman & Maccabee
  • Man Machine Music (1989), Mighty Roots
  • Shango Charisma (1992), Ras
    RAS Records
    RAS Records, also known as Real Authentic Sound, is a reggae record label.-History:RAS Records was founded in 1979 by Doctor Dread. In his travels to Jamaica he created a network within the reggae artist community there. By the early to mid 1980s RAS had signed artists such as Black Uhuru, Inner...

  • One Vibration (1995)
  • Turning Point (1995)
  • On Target (1996) - Englishman & Maccabee
  • Wisdom of Steel (1999), Black Liberty
  • 13 Joints!!!! (2001)
  • Live in LA, Mighty Roots

  • Check For the Best (1990), Mad Dawg
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