Max Romeo (born Maxie Smith, November 22 1944) is a prolific singer, songwriter and a very successful stalwart in the reggae industry. He started his career in the 1960s when his debut song “Wet Dream” made the UK singles top 10 chart and launched a new style of Jamaican music that included overtly sexual lyrics, Wet Dream was later banned by the BBC.
In the 1970s, Max Romeo decided to take an oath to Rastafarianism and embarked on a more conscious route in music, this conversion resulted in his “War Inna Babylon” album, produced by Lee Scratch Perry, it was charged with religious and political themes and is still credited as one of the most successful and greatest reggae albums of all times. The album included the track “I Chase The Devil” which would later become Max’s most commercially successful single and one of the most sampled reggae tracks of all time – including ‘Lucifer” by Jay Z and “Out of Space” by The Prodigy.
As a septuagenarian, Max still tours the world performing hits from the past and even a few new singles from his more recent albums and is still respected as one of the most prominent reggae acts in Europe.
In 2019, Max will be releasing his new album called “Words From The Brave” in which he speaks about racial injustice, political deception and explains recent social disasters in a manner that only a “brave,” “old,” “experienced” and “enlightened” Rastafarian who has spent over 50 years as a creative in the music industry could.