These artists are at the core of everything the Banana Klan stand for… to make music that’s here to stay, while spreading love and over standing.
Smith grew up around Stockwell in South London. His parents were from a small village in Jamaica called Banana Hole where his father was a preacher and tailor. Spending much of his early years in poverty, this and his strict Pentecostal upbringing clearly had an influence on his music as can be seen in many of his tracks such as “Sinny Sin Sins” and “Colossal Insight”.
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Ricky Rankin cut his teeth in the late 70’s performing on the legendary sound systems of King Tubby, Killer Watt and Dynatone. Ten years on and the likes of Stereograph, Exodus and Youth Man Promotion were still championing his sound. His shift in to production was the obvious next step and a collaboration with Saxon and Ghetto Tone resulted in the massive dancehall smash, ”Rocking the Dance” produced by Stereographs.. [Ricky Ranking Photo by Andy Goss, see more here]
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I’m Gibbs i was born in the Caribbean on an island called Guadeloupe. I’ve been in London for 6 years and I’ve finish my H N D at the London Centre of Contemporary of Music and going back For my last year degree specializing in music director. I love all type of music but my Favorite is jazz fusion funk etc…huh!!
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DJ MK is one of the UKs leading Hip Hop deejays. He has been a favourite on the club scene for the last 10 years, displaying his turntable dexterity up and down the UK and throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. What sets MK apart from many of his peers is his ability to rock a crowd wherever he plays, be it Londons Ministry Of Sound, an Underground UK Hip Hop Jam, Pacha in Ibiza or an Arctic Monkeys after-party. MK was the first UK DJ to release regular, well-packaged Hip Hop mixtapes at a time when no other DJ was doing so. These mix tapes earned him his props and a slot on the Capital rap show with Tim Westwood from 93 to 95.
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There is a whole lot more to come from the belle in the not too distant future, keep your ears open Banana Skins.
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More than a jobbing Guitarist he also owns a Merchandising company ‘ http://urbanspecies.co.uk ‘. He has been rolling with the BANANA GANG for 2years, but is a long serving Roots Manuva die hard from way before before. An all round music and comic nut.
View Mr. Basey’s Page here
Big Daddy Kope
Kope has done his rounds on the open mic circuit for more years than we can remember.
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View Miss Mae’s Page here