Featuring, for the first time live in Brighton, the King of Dancehall 'JOHNNY OSBOURNE' plus Roots Reggae Legend, 'JOHNNY CLARKE', Dreadzone & Leftfield's 'EARL 16', Brixton MC 'BROTHER CULTURE' and more......
“The King of Dancehall” (born Errol Osbourne, 1948) is a popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, who rose to success in the late 1970s and mid 1980s. His album Truths and Rights was a notable roots reggae success, and featured “Jah Promise” and the album’s title track, “Truths and Rights”. However, he is probably best known for his mid 1980s dancehall reggae hits“Buddy Bye” (based on King Jammy’s Sleng Teng riddim), “Ice Cream Love” and “Water Pumping”. During 1967 Osbourne became lead vocalist of The Wildcats, and recorded for producer Winston Riley, although nothing was issued. The Wildcats’ manager then financed a session at Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One, from which his debut single, “All I Have Is Love”, was released. In 1969 he recorded an album, Come Back Darling, again for Riley. On the day that he completed the album, Osbourne emigrated to Toronto, Canada, to join his family. After singing with various soul and reggae groups, he became lead vocalist for Ishan People, and recorded two albums with them. The group broke up in 1979, and Osbourne decided to return to Jamaica.
Shortly after returning, he recorded “Forgive Them” and “Jealousy, Heartache And Pain” for the Studio One label. Through late 1979 and early 1980 he recorded extensively for Dodd, with these sessions culminating in Truths And Rights. In 1979 he also had a hit for King Jammy (then Prince Jammy) with “Folly Ranking”, and an album of the same name followed in 1980. The success of these recordings made him one of the most in-demand vocalists on the island, and a glut of material was released, including Fally Lover, Warrior, Innah Disco Style and Never Stop Fighting, between 1980 and 1982. In 1983, he began the year with two big hits, “Yo Yo” and “Lend Me A Chopper”, and later in the year enjoyed further success with “Water Pumping”, an adaptation of Hopeton Lewis’ “Take It Easy”, which had also served as the basis for Johnny Clarke’s 1976 hit “Rockers Time Now”.
The hits continued with “Get Cracking”, “Check For You”, “Rewind” (1984), “Buddy Bye”, “No Sound Like We” and “In The Area” (1985). In the late 1980s he was particularly successful when recording for Bobby Digital, and had hits with “Good Time Rock” (1988) and “Rude Boy Skank” (1988), both of which are included on his 1989 album, Rougher Than Them. Throughout the 80s he continued to record for Coxsone Dodd and the hit maker has not stopped creating music ever since.
Johnny Clarke grew up in the Kingston ghetto of Whitfield Town. In 1971 he won a talent contest in Bull Bay, his prize a meeting with producer Clancy Eccles, with whom he recorded his first song, “God Made the Sea and the Sun”, the following year.
He moved on to Rupie Edwards, who produced Clarke’s first hits in 1973, with “Everyday Wondering” and “Julie”. In 1974, Clarke moved on again, recording “Jump Back Baby” for Glen Brown, before beginning a long association with Bunny Lee and his band The Aggrovators in 1974. “None Shall Escape the Judgement” was an immediate success and became the title track on Clarke’s debut album.
Clarke was named Artist of the Year in Jamaica in both 1974 and 1975, and became one of the most popular singers on the island, mixing original songs with covers of popular reggae songs by other artists, and mixing roots and lovers-themed material. A Rastafarian, many of Clarke’s songs concern his faith and the beliefs of the Rastafari movement, such as anti-violence (as heard on “Let Go Violence”) and legalization of marijuana (“Legalize It”).
He helped define the “Flying Cymbals” period that preceded the “Roots Rockers” sound of the mid to late 1970s. Clarke was one of the first Jamaican artists signed to Virgin Records’ Frontline subsidiary in 1976, releasing the albums Authorized Version and Rockers Time Now on the label.
Clarke enjoyed further hits in the early 1980s with producer S Douglas, before working again with Lee. His popularity in Jamaica, however, declined, and he relocated to London in 1983, recording with Mad Professor, as well as further recordings for Jamaican producers King Tubby, Errol Thompson, and Prince Jammy.
He has since occasionally reappeared with new material – Rasta Nuh Fear in 1992, and Rock With Me in 1997 – and continues to tour regularly.
Earl Daley, 1958, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. After winning local talent shows, Daley joined the group Flaming Phonics as lead vocalist before voicing the self-penned ‘Malcolm X’ for Joe Gibbs in 1975, later covered by Dennis Brown.
In 1977 Daley became a member of the Boris Gardiner Happening who introduced him to Lee Perry at the Black Ark. There he recorded four tracks in 1978/9 and met Earl Morgan of the Heptones, who produced his debut album, Singing Star.
His next collection was for the radio disc jockey and DATC producer Mikey Dread, although there were singles for Augustus Pablo (‘Changing World’), Linval Thompson, Derrick Harriott and others, released throughout the early 80s, including an excellent set for former Stur-Gav duo Ranking Joe and Jah Screw.
By 1982/3 he was at Studio One where his third version of ‘Love Is A Feeling’ was recorded. The previous two versions were for Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett and Stafford Douglas; to date, it remains Earl Sixteen’s most popular song. The Brentford Road sessions resulted in Coxsone Dodd’s Showcase album of 1985.
Shortly afterwards, he switched allegiance to former Royals founder Roy Cousins, then Skengdon and Blacka Dread (‘Batman And Robin’) and Bert Douglas (‘Problems’).
In 1988 after a two-year break, he resurfaced in England, covering Simply Red’s ‘Holding Back The Years’ and making a short-lived attempt to produce himself.
During 1991/2 he was at Ariwa Sounds, recording Babylon Walls and several fine singles for the Mad Professor. Since then he has voiced for a growing number of UK producers with varying degrees of success, and appeared on tracks by Dread Zone and Leftfield. He made his major label debut in 1997 with Steppin’ Out for WEA Records.
Into the 90s and collaborations with the Mad Professor and a recent LP on a major US label have seemingly started to yield the sort of success Earl is due. Like so many of reggae’s greatest talents though, success has been a long time coming, for some it comes too late.
Brother Culture is an MC based in Brixton, London. He started his career around 1982 for Jah Revelation Muzik sound system. As part of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rasta brotherhood, Brother Culture toured in the USA, Jamaica, Caribbean and Canada throughout the 80’s. In 1991 started to MC at London's now legendary Dub Club, where he forged a reputation for being a powerful and diverse MC and singer. In the subsequent years, Brother Culture, has become one of the busiest Reggae artists in the world! He has done shows in most countries, many times being the first Reggae artist to ever perform there. Brother Culture also has an extensive back catalog (see below) and has worked with the likes of: Wackies, Mungos Hi-Fi, Zion Train, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Evidence Music, Manasseh, Youth, The Prodigy and many more! Some of the highlights have been: The Prodigy (« Thunder » from the album « Invaders Must Die »), All A We - Roots Garden, Soundsystem - Reggae Roast and Heartical Connection with Paul Fox. Brother Culture continues to work with many producers from all over the the world and has new releases come out on a regular basis.
As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. The result is a fresh and hook-laden take on the style, morphing the reggae sound into something wholly new and exciting, and has been described as “a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound”.In the short time since the release of their “Good Omens” EP the band has been booked to play alongside reggae legends such as The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, The Black Uhuru, Culture, and Aswad – and performed at countless festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, and Secret Garden Party. With a tightly woven live show which combines intricate musicianship with raw energy and infectious positivity, Samsara have become firm favourites at venues and festivals across the land.With new releases and videos planned for the coming months and an extensive nationwide tour already under their collective belt this year, Samsara’s hard work and creative vision have established them as “one of the best reggae bands in the UK at the moment.”
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Ted @ The Controls
Dende Sound featuring Edi Yoyo, Artemis Roots & Bambaman
There will also be Caribbean food on sale.....Jerk Chicken, Rice n' Peas etc.....!!!!!
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