Dennis Bovell MBE

Dennis Bovell MBE 
Honorary Fellow at Goldsmiths

As a musician and producer Dennis Bovell is the co-founding bands including Matumbi; , helping to establish the Lovers Rock genre creating hits such as Janet Kay’s soaring smash Silly Games; He has produced albums by a wide variety of artists including I-Roy, The Thompson Twins, Sharon Shannon, Alpha Blondy, Bananarama, The Pop Group, Fela Kuti,[6] The Slits,[7] Orange Juice and Madness. He has collaborated with poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson for much of his working life. Bovell has been at the heart of British reggae & Lover’s Rock since the 1970s.

Bovell wrote the film score for Franco Rosso’s film Babylon (1980), and the television dramas The Boy Who Won the Pools and Global Revolution (2006).


In 2013 he collaborated with dub producer / musician Gaudi, playing bass on his track "I Start To Pray" featuring the late Lee "Scratch" Perry and The Orb, included on Gaudi album In Between Times Six Degrees Records.

Bovell has a cameo role in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and his song "Silly Games" is prominently featured.

Dennis is an International artist and has toured places such as Japan, Iceland, Poland, South America, USA and UK.

After Tonight, the most covered Lovers Rock song was co-written with his band Matumbi.