Thursday, 17 March 2011


Britain's reggae community burned their illusions a long time ago but right across the spectrum there is wave of shock at the way David Emmanuel, best known as Smiley Culture, died from "self-inflicted" stab wounds during a police raid on his home in Surrey on Tuesday.
Back in 1984, Smiley Culture bounced into the nation's consciousness with Cockney Translation and its Top 20 follow up Police Officer – a graphic tale of how he was arrested for possession of "ganja", but evaded prosecution when recognised as the reggae artist who did "the Cockney Translator".

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