London Town: :Light Of The World
The band's name is taken from the 1974 Kool and the Gang album, Light of Worlds.
Light of the World were a British jazz-funk band. Originally a forerunner of the late 1970s/early 1980s British jazz-funk movement, the band's name is taken from the 1974 Kool and the Gang album, Light of Worlds. The band was formed by Breeze McKrieth, Kenny Wellington, Paul Williams, and David Baptiste in 1974. They were then joined by percussionist Chris Etienne (Died 1978), Peter Hinds on keyboard, Jean Paul Maunick on guitar, and drummer Everton McCalla.After performing many shows throughout the United Kingdom the band recorded some demo tracks. After being played in a few clubs by DJ Tom Holland, the tracks were heard by fellow DJ Chris Hill who was also a co partner for Ensign Records along with Nigel Grainge. The band were given a recording contract and recorded their debut album Light of the World.

In 1979 after the death of Chris Etienne and the departure of Jean Paul Maunick before the release of the debut album, they recruited 2 new members Nat Augustin and Gee Bello. McKreith, Wellington and Baptiste also formed the offshoot band Beggar & Co. Maunick and Williams also formed the band Incognito. This line up gelled very well and they recorded their most popular album, Round Trip, with producer Augie Johnson of the group Side Effect as producer.

                                               Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
                                                                                                                                                                 Khalil Gibran

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