Eric "Rebel Lion" Bubbles is an extremely diverse artist who has made a highly significant impact on the development of Reggae music. He has successfully performed in such capacities as singer, songwriter, manager and producer. In 1969, he formed the roots vocal trio, The African Brothers. Renowned for the sentiments of racial pride and repatriation resonating in the music and lyrics of their songs, they were widely regarded as one of the most innovative groups in the history of Jamaican music. Brother Eric is a very determined man who has always required the best from the singers and musicians with whom he's performed. He is responsible for launching the careers of many performers who have since become household names to reggae fans the world over.
Today, Eric has several projects in development, including The Many Moods of Eric Bubbles, a new album, featuring the smash hit Rebel Lion (currently in re-release in Japan, Brazil and other overseas markets). His music continues to create waves in Europe, as his voice brings back memories of the African Brothers' Righteous Kingdom and Father Lead Us. Keeping up the true roots of reggae music, Eric does it all. He is Reggae Music's True Renaissance Man.
Throughout his recording career, Eric Bubbles has been credited with discovering and producing artists such as the aforementioned Winston "Tony Tuff" Morris and Lincoln “Sugar” Minott; as well as Errol Scorpion, Color Man, Ranking Joe, Lady Ann, Nitty Gritty, Johnny P., Foxy Brown, Everton Blender and many others. Many might be surprised to know that Eric changed Little Joe’s name to Ranking Joe. As he explains “I is a man who likes original things, so I said to Joe, no your name is Ranking.” This would have happened around the same time he used to rock with Jah Screw on the Stone Love Sound System on Whitehall Street in Kingston. Eric remembers, “He was a likkle youth at the time – he used to cork dance on Whitehall street”.
Around 1979, Eric Bubble launched his career as a solo artist with classic tunes like: The Roots of Black People, Fe me Gypsy and Rebel Lion. The latter has been his biggest recording to date. Eric notes, “I eat a lot of food from Rebel Lion alone." It has sold internationally, including in Jamaica, Europe, America, Canada and Japan. Derrick Harriott was one of Mr. Bubbles's biggest supporters, buying many copies of The Roots Of Black People for his store in Twin Gates Plaza in Kingston Jamaica.
Presently, Eric has enlisted some of the best names in the music business for this long-awaited, heavily anticipated new project. Recorded both in Jamaica and New York, Eric has employed legendary engineers, Dave Kelly, Phillip Smart, Sylvan Morris and Sidney Mills. Musicians include The Roots Radics, The Soul Syndicate Band, We The People Band, Ron Butler, Val Douglas, Larry McDonald, Bongo Herman, Spark Plug on Bass & Organ, King Diallo and Milton Henry. Brother Eric is determined that this current CD point black people to their roots in Africa. He sights Marcus Mosiah Garvey , Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela as primary influences on his life works and music. So Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Lyrics from the Great Minds
Brother Eric thanks the following people for their continued support: The Progressive Crew – Dudley Nichols, Carter Van Pelt, Junior Tiger and Winston Pablo from the Mighty Small Axe Sound System. Also, special thanks to VJ Spice and Rocking Dolly, Isshachar, All Star V and Ricky's on Fulton. click to read full, long-form bio