Founded in 1965 by Albert Griffiths, The Gladiators have released some of the most mythical songs of Jamaican reggae. With blockbusters like “Hello Carol”, “Bongo Red” and “Jah Works”, and many loyal fans, They have enchanted audiences around the world for over four decades, with music that holds fast to the cultural roots of the musicians ancestors, yet still pushes forward the vanguard of the reggae music world.
The Gladiators started out as a vocal trio but with the departure of the two other singers, Albert Griffiths took the leadership. Clinton Fearon spent a few years by his side but in 1987, he left the band to start a solo career. Beside Albert Griffiths (guitar and lead vocal), the line up includes Gallimore Sutherland (bass guitar and back vocals), Clinton Ruffus (guitar), Vernon Sutherland (keyboards). In 2004, Albert Griffiths decided to stop touring, and at first, he passed on the torch to his sons Al on vocals and Anthony on drums. Together, they recorded the album Father and Sons in the Anchor studio in Kingston.
After a few tours in this line up, the historic members of The Gladiators (Gallimore Sutherland, Clinton Ruffus, Ruddlowe Robinson, Vernon Sutherland) and Anthony Griffiths, who remains the drummer of the band, chose Droop Lion to be the new singer thanks to a voice that echoes the original singer and a promising solo career which includes his 2011 hit “Freeway” and touring as support for Capleton during his 2013 European tour. With this modern reggae vocal prodigy at the helm, it’s just as authentic and captivating an experience as ever.