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Died On This Date (October 8, 1997) Jo Bruce / Afro Celt Sound System

Posted by on October 8, 2009

Jonas Asher Bruce
February 9, 1968 – October 8, 1997

Jo Bruce was a founding member, songwriter and keyboardist for the Afro Celt Sound System.  Signed to Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, the band accrued countless fans around the world with their unique blend of West African and Irish music. The son of Cream’s Jack Bruce, Jo Bruce helped form the group in 1992.  Thanks in part to a heavy touring schedule that included high profile festivals such as WOMAD, the groups debut album sold in the neighborhood of 250,000 units, making them the best selling artist on the label, besides Gabriel.  But just as the band released its much anticipated second album, Bruce died suddenly of a massive asthma attack at the age of 29.

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