"From Then 'Til Now" by Roots Architects

Saturday, March 11, 2017


 Photo by Jeff Roth
Photo by Don Leach (LA Times)
 Photo credits: Sunsplash 1983
Soul Syndicate & Andrew Tosh 1989 - photo by Frances Fullwood
Soul Syndicate Band - photo by Eugenia Polos


Artist: Astley George FULLWOOD alias “FULLY FULLWOOD”
Job: Musician, Producer & Composer
Location: Jamaica
Music Genre: Reggae

Hailing from Kingston Jamaica, George "Fully" Fullwood has the well-earned recognition as being one of "The Greats" in the music industry. Bass legend and founder of the crucial 1970s Jamaican band, the Soul Syndicate, Fully Fullwood has shaped the sound of reggae music across the decades.

As one of the most popular and well-known bass players in the world he has provided the rhythmic essence for every major reggae artist, including the all-time greats Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs, Dennis Brown, and Michael Rose.

In addition, he has worked or recorded with Keith Hudson, Alton Ellis, Roy Shirley, Ken Boothe, Jacob Miller, Augustus Pablo, Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Sugar Minott, Junior Reid, Tenor Saw, Tony Tuff, Frankie Paul, Big Youth, John Holt, U-Roy, Freddie McGregor, The Heptones, Abyssinians, Congos, Johnny Clarke, Pat Kelly, Tapper Zukie, Derrick Morgan, Tommy McCook, Cornell Campbell, Marcia Griffiths, Yabby You, Junior Byles, Justin Hinds, The Itals, Jimmy London, The Maytones, Vernon Buckley, Niney the Observor, Slim Smith, Dillinger, Junior Delgado, Yellowman, Dave Barker, Jackie Paris, Winston Riley, The Techniques, Stranger Cole, Duke Reid, Prince Buster, Pat Kelly, Errol Dunkley, Eek-A-Mouse, Ijahman Levi, Rod Taylor, Prince Alla, The Mighty Diamonds, Black Uhuru, Sister Carol, Judy Mowatt, Mikey Dread, Max Romero, Tristan Palmer, Phillip Frazer, Don Carlos, I-Roy, Andrew Tosh, and many more.

George Fullwood's bass sound has provided the essential rhythm to these artists' powerful words, and was the anchor of the final lineup of reggae superstar Peter Tosh's famous band, Word, Sound and Power. The bass is only one of his many talents; he is also an accomplished producer, composer, songwriter and singer. He has released four solo albums, ‘For All Time’; ‘Fully Loaded’; ‘Crazy Town’ and 'Breathe Deep' in collaboration with Frances Fullwood as co-writer.

Biography by Frances Fullwood

 Photo by Soul Syndicate

A tribute to Peter Tosh: Fully’s celebration tours
by JYM ‘living drum’

Fully Fullwood was a member of Peter Tosh's band until Tosh's untimely death.
Back in 1983, I had been very lucky to see a Peter Tosh performance in Paris, during the 'Mama Africa' world tour. He was backed up by 'the Children Of The Ghetto' band.
Here is the advert handbill of this tour and the very nice concert ticket of the October 4, 1983 show !

And here a link of a short footage of Peter Tosh in Paris October 3, 1983
Enjoy it !

Besides his prolific activities as a musician, producer, composer, humanitarian and his ‘Live Reggae Sunday’ performances, Fully toured with the Soul Syndicate (check the ‘Soul Syndicate reunion’ article in our Soul Syndicate discography).

He also toured with his own band ‘the Fully Fullwood band’ (from 2007 until now) to honor and pay tribute to Peter Tosh and Bob Marley’s Roots, Rock, Reggae: Rebel music!
Here are some informations about ‘Peter Tosh celebration’ tours from early 2007 onwards:

‘Tosh Meets Marley’ 2008

07 Nov 2007 - The Hot Press Newsdesk : “Tosh Meet Marley tour coming to Ireland”:
Reggae fans will delighted to hear that the Tosh Meets Marley Tour is coming to Ireland in January.

The tour is set to visit the Black Box, Belfast (18); Tripod, Dublin (19); and The Savoy, Cork (20).Although Peter and Bob are sadly no longer with us, the all-star eight-piece line-up features Tosh bassist Fully Fullwood and Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin.

TOSH MEETS MARLEY - Fully Fullwood from Peter Tosh, Junior Marvin from Bob Marley's Wailers
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Renegade Reggae Festival at the Truckee Amphitheatre

Photo credits: Steve Bloom

Source :


The Fully Fullwood Band (JAM) 2008

Line up: Fully Fullwood: vocals, bass guitar - Junior Marvin: vocals, guitar - Tony Chin: vocals, guitar - Jawge Hughes: vocals, keyboards - Donovan Carless: vocals - Georges Kouaku: keyboards - Vince Black: guitar - Claudio Peppe: percussion - Karl Wright: drums - The Love 2: vocal

‘Tosh Meets Marley’ - 2009 European Tour / shows in the USA 2010

 I have been very happy to go and see one of the Fully Fullwood band’s performance, here in France on March 15, 2009 in Ris Orangis. I was lucky to meet Tony Chin and Fully there, before and after their show ! Moreover, the first part of this show had been performed by Clinton Fearon himself ! Wow... such a GREAT show !!!

Final act of the Peter Tosh tribute day in Ris Orangis. After Clinton Fearon's accoustic set, Fully Fullwood band jumped on stage to perform a 2 hours set of Wailers, and mostly Tosh, tunes. All versions were finely interpreted. There's an impressive drum jam at the end of "african"!,  and an awesome jam session with Clinton Fearon on Fully’s song ‘we need more love’  !!

Fully Fullwood Band (Tosh meets Marley show)
Le Plan Ris Orangis, France 2009.03.15

Concert - (122:38 min):
01. Intro 02. Lively Up Yourself 03. Coming In Hot 04. Not Gonna Give It Up 05. Stir It Up 06. Pick Myself Up 07. African 08. Equal Rights 09. Downpressor Man 10. Don't Look Back 11. Mr Chatterbox / Mr Talkative 12. Mr Babylon 13. Early One Morning 14. Peace And Harmony 15. Be Thankful For What You Got 16. I Shot The Sherif 17. I Am The Toughest 18. Bush Doctor 19. Rastafari Is 20. Jammin' 21. Band Introduction 22. We Need More Love (W/ Clinton Fearon)

Photo credit: Steeve Ouchene

Fully Fullwood Band live in Virada Cultural 2010

Fully’s great bass solo and ‘Coming Hot’ (Peter Tosh song)
Check it here:

‘Peter TOSH celebration tour 2012’

In 2012 another tour has been set. The band has changed a little:
"Tosh Meets Marley Starring Fully Fulllwood with special guest Nkulee Dube": The title of this touring band (completing its United States tour before heading to Europe) doesn't quite capture how historically great the group is. In addition to the late Lucky Dube's fast-rising daughter Nkulee Dube on vocals, the band features a who's who of Jamaican reggae backing bandmembers, with leader-bassist Fully Fullwood and others from the original Soul Syndicate, a guitarist from Black Uhuru, and others who have played with all the Jamaican stars. The groove is deeper than deep, and the songs are the anthems of reggae.

When she made her Ashkenaz debut a year ago, Nkulee Dube brought her South African band. This time she sings with the Tosh Meets Marley band. The most exciting new artist in the reggae realm, the late great Lucky Dube's daughter Nkulee Dube carries on the family legacy. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has created a new style all her own, fusing ethno-soul, jazz with ethno-ragga. She sang with her father's band at major festivals around the world before beginning her own career.

Nkulee Dube Reggae on the River July 21, 2012 whole show:

Photo credit: Steeve Ouchene

‘TOSH MEETS MARLEY celebration tour 2015’

Featuring Errol Bonnick on vocals. Fully Fullwood, Tony Chin, John McKnight and Rock Deadrick. Enjoy an afternoon of legendary PETER TOSH songs as we celebrate his life during his birthday month. Errol Bonnick captures Tosh's amazing voice on many of his songs.

‘3rd Annual TRIBUTE TO PETER TOSH’ show 2016'

Fully Fullwood's LIVE Reggae Sundays: Every Sunday 3-7pm
Location: Don The Beachcomber 16278 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach CA 92649

Fully Fullwood and friends feat: Afro Fiesta vocal: ‘Get Up Stand Up’ - 10-16-16

PETER TOSH Museum grand opening and All Star Benefit Concert 2016

When the Peter Tosh Museum officially opens its doors on October 19th, 2016, Jamaicans and visitors from around the world will be able to see a large collection of never-before-seen Tosh memorabilia, as some of the treasures will be displayed to the public for the first time.

Visitors will also be able to relive aspects of the non-conformist, futuristic and abundantly creative Tosh experience through sizzling audio and video recordings featuring the superstar, as well as iconic artifacts including his prized M16 guitar and beloved unicycle that became one of his favorite means of transportation. Aside from the wonderful exhibits and art that will be on display, exclusive merchandise will also be available for sale to the public. Your support of the Peter Tosh Museum is most appreciated.

The Peter Tosh Museum is a joint-venture collaboration between the Peter Tosh Estate, Pulse Investments Ltd, and Andrea Marlene Brown.

Fully’s Backing Luciano at this event / Luciano paying tribute to Peter Tosh

‘Peter TOSH celebration tour 2017’: Fully Fullwood band & Andrew Tosh

Peter Tosh Celebration Tour, with Andrew Tosh, in South America, January and early February 2017.
Featuring some of the original Soul Syndicate band members
Song ‘Not Gonna Give It Up’


Fully Fullwoods at “Live Reggae Sunday Show”
Check info at  http://www.fullyfullwood.org/

by JYM ‘living drum’

1) Albums:
.2006 - For All Time
.2011 - Fully Loaded
.2013 - Crazy Town
.2016 - Breathe Deep

2) Singles:
Some singles and Eps recorded under Fully or FULLWOOD name:
.1972 - Tony & Fully - Fowl Thief / Fowl Thief (Version) - [FRM Records]
.1972 - Tony & Fully - I Am A Foul Thief ‎- [Double B]
.1975 - George Fullwood / The Soul Syndicate - Rucumbine / Rucumbine Dub - [Harry J Records]
.1976 - Donavan & Fullwood - Deeper And Deaper / Hit After Hit ‎ - [Stop Point]
.1978 - George Fullwood - In This Jungle / Version - [Black Solidarity]
.1979 - Prince Alla / Full Wood - Bucket Buttom / Stop And Think Me Over [Freedom Sounds]
.1979 - Fullwood & The Soul Syndicate - Stop And Think Me Over / Part II - [Freedom Sounds]
.1979 - Fullwood & The Soul Syndicate - Love You / Love You Version - [Freedom Sounds]
.1979 - Fullwood & The Soul Syndicate - Natty Dread She Want / Natty Dread Version - [Gorgon]
.1979 - Fullwood / Sylvan White - Love You / Son Son - [Freedom Sounds]
.1979 - George Fullwood & The Soul Syndicate - Natty Dread She Want / Version - [Savannah]
.2016 - Dance with Me (Donnie G, U Roy & Fully Fullwood) - [Donnie Greene / Donnie G]

3) Dvd:
Fully Fullwood's Film Credits:
.1992 - Stepping Razor: Red X
[One of the all-time great documentaries about Peter Tosh]
.2005 – Word, Sound & Power featuring the Soul Syndicate and Earl Zero
[A documentary about the Soul Syndicate Band]

4) The Soul Syndicate / High Time Player - Discography:
[Fully Fullwood's member of The Soul Syndicate]
Check out Discography at  Reggaediscography

5) One great Fully Fullwood Band guest Appearance:
See details below...

6) Fully’s ‘KITCHEN’ Recording Studio: Fully Producer
See details below

Fully Fullwood - Discography:

1) Albums:

.2006 - For All Time
(Original Press):
My autographed Cd
"For All Time" 2006 - (2 Cd)
Disc 1
1) Utopia. 2) My Cream Is Rising. 3) We Don't Need No Guns. 4) Buffalo Cowboy. 5) False Face. 6) Sao Paulo. 7) Letters. 8) There Goes My Baby. 9) Show Me Your Love. 10) Shadows. 11) Valentine. 12) Fantasy. 13) Bubbling. 14) Only In My Dreams. 15) Reflections. 16) Two-Faced Woman. 17) For All Time.
Disc 2
1) Utopia (Instrumental). 2) My Cream Is Rising (Instrumental). 3) We Don't Need No Guns (Instrumental). 4) Buffalo Cowboy (Instrumental). 5) False Face (Instrumental). 6) Sao Paulo (Instrumental). 7) Letters (Instrumental). 8) There Goes My Baby (Instrumental). 9) Show Me Your Love (Instrumental). 10) Shadows (Instrumental). 11) Valentine (Instrumental). 12) Fantasy (Instrumental). 13) Bubbling (Instrumental). 14) Only In My Dreams (Instrumental). 15) Reflections (Instrumental). 16) Two-Faced Woman (Instrumental). 17) For All Time (Instrumental).
[Label: Bad Daddy Records (2 Cds: 2006)(Digital Release: 2009)]

Producer, Bass, Composed By, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals – Fully Fullwood
Acoustic Guitar – Earl "Chinna" Smith
Drums – Johnny B, Rock Deadrick
Guitar – Tony Chin
Tenor Saxophone - Paul Russo
Trumpet – Matt Fronke

Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby

.2011 - Fully Loaded
(Original Press):
"Fully Loaded" 2011 - (2 Cd)
Disc 1
1) Rocky Road. 2) Rumors of War. 3) We Need More Love. 4) Big Bad Cow. 5) World Go Round. 6) Glimmer of Hope. 7) Another Mother Is Crying. 8) Join Hands Together. 9) Test Tube Solution. 10) Without a Vision.
Disc 2
1) A Good Thing. 2) I Feel for You. 3) Something About You. 4) Fully Loaded. 5) Love in the Desert. 6) Abandoned by Your Love. 7) I Never Say I Love You. 8) Magic Hands. 9) Rainy Day.s 10) Adam and Eve. 11) You Never Know. 12) Together We Can Make It.
[Label: Frances Fullwood and George Fullwood (2 Cds: 2011)(Digital Release: 2011)]

Producer, Bass, Composed By, Percussion, Keyboards, Lead Guitar, Vocals – Fully Fullwood
Rhythm Guitar – Tony Chin
Drums – Rock Deadrick, Santa Davis
Keyboard Organ solo – Matt Dixon
Organ Shuffle - Jawge Hughes
Nyahbinghi Drums - Lloyd Hemmings
Steel String Guitar solo – Kurt Mahoney
Alto & Tenor Saxophone – Jativa
Trumpet – Chris Grey
Backup Vocals – April Weller, LaDeeDRED, Deborah Jeter alias ‘Lady Dee’

Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby

.2013 - Crazy Town
(Original Press):
"Crazy Town" 2013
 1) Crazy Town. 2) Too Many Rivers. 3) Freedom. 4) Hush Hush. 5) Chief Joseph. 6) Moving to the Country (feat. Rusty Zinn). 7) You're Just a Bore (feat. Rusty Zinn). 8) A Memory From Your Past (feat. Deborah Jeter). 9) What A Fool Looks Like (feat. Deborah Jeter). 10) Joy Stealer. 11) Bad Times. 12) Standing in the Rain (feat. Adam Arredondo). 13) Give Me a Chance (feat. Adam Arredondo). 14) One More Year (feat. Deborah Jeter). 15) Crying At the Door (feat. Deborah Jeter). 16) Kiss Me Goodbye. 17) Smile 18) Flowing Into Your Ocean.
[Label: Frances Fullwood and George Fullwood (Cd: 2013)(Digital Release: 2013)]

Artists and Musicians:
Fully Fullwood, Deborah Jeter ‘Lady Dee’, Adam Arredondo, Rusty Zinn, Rock Deadrick, Tony Chin, Santa Davis, John Fullwood, Peter Dobson, Jativa, Joe Romero, Joseph Gomez, Chris Grey, Delly McGregor, James Zeiger, Einstein Brown, Lyrics by Frances Fullwood.

Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby

.2016 - Breathe Deep
(Original Press):
"Breathe Deep" 2016
1) Break Down This Wall. 2) Blood and Tears. 3) Ladder. 4) Innocent Victims. 5) Reach Out. 6) Searchers. 7) Damn. 8) Slipping Quietly Away. 9) Busting Loose. 10) Same Old Cry. 11) In the Ghetto. 12) Sunday Girl. 13) Strings. 14) Crazy Town. 15) Breathe Deep.
[Label: Frances Fullwood (Digital Release: 2016)]

Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby


New Singles:

.2016 - Dance with Me (Donnie G, U Roy & Fully Fullwood)
(Original Press):
Artists: Donnie G, U Roy & Fully Fullwood
Song: Dance with Me
Format: Digital Single
Label: Donnie Greene / Donnie G

Buy Song on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby


3) Dvd:
Fully Fullwood's Film Credits:

.1993 - Stepping Razor: Red X
[One of the all-time great documentaries about Peter Tosh]
(Original Press):
"Stepping Razor: Red X" 1993
One of the all-time great documentaries about Peter Tosh
Interviews with:
Edward ‘Bigs’Allen, Lloyd ‘Rocky’ Allen, Andrea Davis and many more...
Director: Nicholas Campbell
[Label: Feature Film (Vhs: 1993), Music Video Distribution (Dvd: 2002)]

.2005 – Word, Sound & Power featuring the Soul Syndicate and Earl Zero
[A documentary about the Soul Syndicate Band]
(Original Press):
Edition: 2005
"Word, Sound & Power featuring the Soul Syndicate and Earl Zero" 2005
1) "Jah Jah Music" The Soul Syndicate With Tony Tuff. 2) Chinna Interview By The River Part.1. 3) "Africa Roots" Jah Minstrels With Chinna. 4) "I Feel Secure" The Soul Syndicate Band. 5) The Soul Syndicate Fan Club Dancers. 6) Chinna Interview By The River Part.2. 7) "Occupation" Chinna (Acoustic). 8) Zero's Yard "Visions Of Love" Zero (Acoustic). 9) "Mariwana" The Soul Syndicate Band. 10) Chinna Interview By The River Part.3. 11) Fully And Tony Interview. 12) Santa Interview. 13) "Harvest Uptown" Fully, Tony And Santa (Acoustic). 14) Chinna Interview By The River Part.4. 16) "None Shall Escape The Judgement".
Focused Audio, distributed by MVD Visual MVD Entertainment Group (Dvd: 2005)
Uplink JPN Co, distributed by MVD Visual MVD Entertainment Group (Dvd: 2007)
Focused Audio, distributed by MVD Visual MVD Entertainment Group (Dvd: 2008)

Documentary filmed in Jamaica in 1979

Check out Dvd's editions at  THE SOUL SYNDICATE - DISCOGRAPHY


4) The Soul Syndicate / High Time Player - Discography:
[Fully Fullwood's member of The Soul Syndicate]

Check out Discography at  Reggaediscography


5) One great Fully Fullwood Band guest Appearance:

.2004 - Anna Fisher & Jawge Hughes ‘Yin Yang’ - [Molin Music]
[This album includes one live track called "At Home" with The Fully Fullwood Band]

6) Fully’s ‘KITCHEN’ Recording Studio: Fully Producer

When not performing, Fully's passion for music has successfully translated to coaching and mentoring other musicians and vocalists.  Fully spends a considerable amount of time playing, recording and mixing new music with up-and-coming artists. He enjoys helping them prepare for their future in this complicated and sometimes challenging business.

Like Lee Perry in his Black Ark studio, Fully is the ‘cooker chief’ in his Kitchen studio as an engineer, arranger, mixing, musical producer, multi-instruments player, singer, composer !!!

Photo by Fully's Kitchen Studio

But we cannot mention Fully’s work only !!! there is someone who is a VIP by his side, there in San Clemente: his wife, Frances Klocke Fullwood is a great songwriter, poet, singer, assistant and producer too. She wrote so many nice poems for several published songs !!! enjoy it : have a careful listen to Fully’s words on his albums.

Frances Fullwood
Photo credit: Eileen Levinson 

Here is an example of their joint work:


One day at Fully’s kitchen:
Photo credit: Dale Hauskins

“Well folks….I just spent the day hanging out with a certified reggae legend. The Shockout.com radio crew were invited into Fully Fullwood’s studio, named ‘The Kitchen’, for a day of interviewing, filming, and taking a guided tour through the history of much of the foundation of reggae music.” (by -zOnk.oNe) ➔ read more here:

Martin Zobel & Soulrise Band:

Back in 2011, the German Reggae band ‘Martin Zobel & Soulrise Band’ recorded a GREAT album at Fully’s Kitchen: ‘The Land Of The Free’.

All songs written and arranged by Martin Zobel, Soulrise Band & Fully Fullwood....

Photo credit: Martin Zobel and Soulrise

Another album by Martin Zobel & Soulrise has been recorded there in 2013/2014. Unfortunately, during the writing of this upcoming album, “Keep Planting Seeds“, pretty unexpectedly, their beloved bassie, friend and brother Dublex passed away and the entire project was about to fail... But then Fully filled in for Lex, so he was not only the producer of the new album, but also played the bass on it.

And so “Keep Planting Seeds” became what it is… a GREAT Reggae album !!! ..for the band, it is the most special record so far, also because they see it as a tribute to Dublex. Many songs are written for him and about him, and they even brought his bass guitar to California so Fully could play it on the album. RIP Dublex.
See Martin Zobel's discography at  ReggaeDiscography

Here are some of Frances & Fully Fullwood credits as producers:

‘Breathe Deep’ – Fully Fullwood, Fullwood Music (2016)
‘Keep Planting Seeds’ – Martin Zobel & Soulrise, Rainton Music (2014)
‘Rise Up, Native People’ – Sojie, Crocodle Records (2013)
‘Crazy Town’ – Fully Fullwood, Fullwood Music (2013);
‘Land Of The Free’ – Martin Zobel & Soulrise, Rainton Music (2012)
‘Fully Loaded’ – Fully Fullwood, Fullwood Music (2011);
‘Firm Soundation’ – Jax Mex, Family VYBZ Records (2009);
‘Crucial Selections’ – Jativa – Roots Generation (2008)
‘For All Time’ – Fully Fullwood, Bad Daddy Records (2006);
‘For All Time’ – Fully Fullwood, Fullwood Music (2003);
‘Reggae'N Blues’ – Fauzi Beydoun, Indie Records (Gold, 1997);
‘The Brazilian Albums’ – ‘Sr. Banana’, Virgin Records (1995);

 Grammy-nominated 1989 !!!
‘Make Place for the Youth’ – Andrew Tosh and The Soul Syndicate, Tomato Records

The Fully Fullwood Band is the backing band on this album:

Title Album: SOJIE ‘Rise Up, Native People’
Year: 2013
Digital/Mp3 release: "Sojie – Rise Up, Native People"

© Copyright - Crocodile Records / Crocodile Records (888174346137)
Release Date: 2013




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Fully Fullwood Band "Sun"

Soul Syndicates Band George 'Fully' Fullwood, Tony Chin And Carlton 'Santa' Davis

Fully Fullwood Band "We Need More Love"

Studio Session w/ Jah Mex, Fully Fullwood, Santa Davis & Tony Chin

The original Peter Tosh sound, starring FULLY FULLWOOD
with the original Peter Tosh "WORD, SOUND & POWER" band members, and special guest vocalist Donovan Carless (Soul Syndicate, Tosh Meets Marley vocalist)


In This Page..... Fully Fullwood

Photos by  Frances Fullwood, Steeve Ouchene, Don Leach (LA Times),  Dale Hauskins, Martin Zobel and Soulrise, Jeff Roth, Eugenia Polos, Soul SyndicateFully's Kitchen Studio, Steve Bloom,  http://www.feileafrica.com/Tosh_Meets_Marley.htm

Biography by Frances Fullwood

Discography by JYM ‘living drum’

 Photo by Frances Fullwood 1989
Cover photo by Eugenia Polos

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