Daniel Wilson began performing in the 1980’s with his band the Afro Caribbean Tribe (ACT), bringing together young people from the African and Caribbean cultures.
They mix their folk-tinged, powerful melodies with awesome stage performances, every member of the RWD are bearers of exceptional talent and has to be heard for one to draw their own conclusions, they were phenomenal!
The band has produced big-name artists, such as Shotgun, Felix Duke and a host of others, as a band, they were a sight to see, the band’s sound was so original that it couldn’t be pigeonholed into a single genre, they ignite their usual capacity crowd, blending together African and Caribbean rhythms highlighting on their common origin and influences. He recorded four other albums with this all-star band namely Original Bad Boy, No Exhibit, Dondada, Cool and Deadly.
Daniel Wilson’s on stage routines were always a delight for their flamboyance and provocativeness. His unique switch from a smooth silky vocal to a gravelly roughneck voice gave the impression Daniel Wilson combined both ‘street’ and ‘class’ sounds. When he was on stage and sang it’s almost like he physically touched everyone in his audience. Over time his concert crowds became increasingly rowdy and overly exuberant especially whenever he plays hits like “Mister Ragamuffin” “Ragamuffin Soldier’ 999” “Gimme Calypso” the crowd would go wild.
This led him to take a break from performing in certain venues where his real grass roots audience tends to dominate. Despite the obstacles of segregation surrounding the genre of music he played, he performed at prestigious venues and earned acclaim for his work
CONCERTS AND TOURS
In 1984, Daniel Wilson was invited to take part in a concert for Amnesty International and this started his journey of using his songs to speak on behalf of humanity, raising awareness of humanitarian charities.
In the fall of 1985, Daniel Wilson was one of the main performers in the maiden Children Of Africa Concert at National Stadium where he performed alongside, Jimmy Cliff, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Hugh Masekela, Mariam Makeba, Shabba Ranks and a host of others.
It was a sixteen-hour Music extravaganza aimed at raising money and awareness for the education of African children. It was a unique musical event capturing the imagination and attention of the world, this concert had a profound effect on Daniel Wilson’s understanding of the power that could come out of his music.
In 1988, Daniel began his first full-scale tour, embarking on a sold-out nationwide tour with his long-time backup band, Afro Caribbean Tribe (ACT), sometimes with fellow legends Ras Kimono, Oritz Wiliki, the Mandators and the rainmaker Majek Fashek.
He continued his vigorous touring schedule, including a memorable performance in the Surprise 89 concert hosted by Ade Adegbite, in which he was dubbed the real surprise of the Surprise 89 concert for his unexpected but breath taking performance, unexpected because he was not originally billed to perform at the event yet he stole the show from the headline performers like Sir Shina Peters who was the rave of that era. In the fall of 1989, his performances at the biggest music carnival received a rave reviews in all the major national tabloids,
In 1997 he gave a memorable performance for former president Sani Abacha in which he played “Ragamuffin Soldier” the president’s favourite song, When My Music Play and 999; the performance led to his nomination for a golden disc and African Arts Award for Best Original Song. He is a true dancehall music pioneer in Africa, as he was the first to take street music and organise it so people from the ruling class could see it outside of its usual environment.
Quote “I remember when our music was said to be a fad for street urchins, we are now performing for Kings and Queens, Government and Aristocrats in the most prestigious venues of the world.” – Daniel Wilson.