March 22, 2013
Steel Pulse perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, NYC. WATCH >>
March 5, 2013 SteelPulse.com relaunched to help fans learn more about us, the music, and our focus on love and justice.
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.
But that year also saw the birth of a campaign - Rock Against Racism (RAR) - aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music - a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End. The campaign involved groups like TheClash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.
Donovan McKitty's incandescent guitar stylings contributed to the internationally acclaimed Double Platinum album Move It distributed by EMI. Born in Kingston Jamaica, Donovan's early musical influences came from an early church background which cultivated his love for music and people.
Arriving in the US at the age of thirteen when his family migrated from Jamaica to New York, Donovan is quoted as saying he went from being in a culture dominated by Reggae music to the music of Jimi Hendtix, Deep Purple, Led Zeplin and a host of other guitar hero bands. Rock and blues were his obsession. In his own words "I am a living manifestation of two musical cultures-that of the Caribbean and that of North America". He has crossed borders to establish himself as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and performer of the first degree.
In the late seventies and early eighties Donovan maneuvered himself into a position to head up his own band McKitty which he formed in London and toured England, Wales, Belgium, Scotland and Yugoslavia. Comparisons to Jimi Hendrix made entertainment news and his enigmatic personality sparked each performance.
Returning to the United States in the mid nineteen eighties, Donovan pursued and attained his dream of earning a Bachelor's degree in music performance for classical guitar from Brooklyn College conservatory of music. Subsequently he honed his craft playing and singing with a directory of internationally known Reggae artists including: Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Judy Mowatt, Frankie Paul, Barrington Levy, Carlene Davis, Gregory Issacs, and other Reggae notables too numerous to mention.
As musical director for seven years of the inimitable Shine Head, Donovan toured the USA, Asia and Europe with Reggae Sunsplash of which Shine Head was a familiar fixture and at the top of his game with hits like "Strive" and "Jamaican in New York" on Elektra Records.
Donovan's credits also include guitar tracks on Robert Palmer's hit album Double Fun and Love Addiction Part Two on Island Records. He has writing credits on Sheena Easton's "You Could Have Been With Me" on the EMI label.
More recently, Donovan was recognized by the Grammy Awards for his work with Burning Spear who won the Grammy in 2008 for Jah is Real. This was the same year Mr McKitty got the call to join the legendary Steel Pulse - an honor and a privilege which he savors to the present time!