Specials drummer John Bradbury dies

This 2013 live music video is called The Specials 30th Anniversary Tour (Full).

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

In England at the age of 62 drummer and music producer John Bradbury has died. He was the drummer of the band The Specials, for which he, among others, co-wrote the song The Selecter.

Bradbury and The Specials were best known for their song Free Nelson Mandela in 1984, which was embraced by the African National Congress in South Africa as an anthem. The original Specials had then been relaunched under the name Special AKA.

His death was announced on the Twitter account of The Specials. The cause of death is not known.

In English music circles John Bradbury has been hailed as a leading drummer in the world of ska and reggae. Three years ago he was playing with The Specials at the Dutch Pinkpop music festival.

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