Eek a Mouse Live with the Mafia & Fluxy Band
Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound
Sasha Steppa Ft. Splitz P
Roots Agenda B2B Shak Out Sound
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The minute you hear Eek A Mouse (real name Ripton Hilton), you never forget him. Eek A Mouse sent the dancehalls raving in 1979 with his very DJ single; the Joe Gibbs produced “Once a Virgin”. I can imagine anyone not being intrigued by his nasal high-pitched voice and “biddy beng-beng, biddy meng-meng” scatting, though. This vocal style alone would set him apart from the pack of veteran DJs, but what truly elevates him above the rest is the quality of his melodies and music. Though generally considered a DJ, his style is distinctly Sing jay.
He's utterly unique, which is hard to say of an artist in any genre. Eek A Mouse's style is just plain fun to hear, as in the wonderfully playful 'Peeni Walli' or the hit 'Wa-Do-Dem”.
His 1988 album Eek-A-Nomics saw him begin to establish himself with an international audience, spawning a club hit with “The Freak”, and he was signed by Island Records in 1989. He returned to prominence with 1991’s U-Neek album, which continued the rock-oriented style, including a cover version of Led Zed Zeppelin’s “D´Yer Maker”, and from which the hit single “You Are The One I Need” was taken.
Eek A Mouse also featured on the alternative metal band P.O.D,’s album Satellite, lending his vocals to the rock-reggae track “Ridiculous” He can also be heard on South California based ska punk band OPM’s album , “For Them Asses”, combining hip hop, rock music and pop with laid-back reggae on the track “Perfect day.”
Eek A Mouse also has performances in the 1991 gangster movie New Jack City as Fat Smitty alongside movies stars like Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Mario Van Peebles, Chris Rock, Allen Payne, and Keith Sweat among others.
Though he continues to toil in cult obscurity, reggae singer Eek-A-Mouse remains one of Jamaica's most individual talents. Come and capture the legendary rude boy live, performing classics like 'Wa-Do-Dem', 'Terrorists in the City,' 'Anarexol.' “Virgin Girl” and quality exposure to a true character.
Aba used to deejay on 'Jah Tubby's' sound system and at that time he was known as 'Jasmine Joe'.
Those of you that were around the sound system scene in the eighties will remember the slightly extrovert mic man that 'Jah Tubby's' had; that was Aba.
When Joe embraced the Rastafarian faith he adopted a new and more positive attitude and with his rediscovered faith a new name.
That name was and is 'Aba Shanti-I',pronounced ABA SHANTI-EYE not ONE. So you see the name 'Aba Shanti-I' is not just the name of the sound system, it is the name of the person that is playing the sound.
Over the last 10 years Aba has been playing his sound, and the music created by his brother Blood Shanti on that sound, in small and large halls throughout this country and in the process has developed a following covering the widest spectrum of Jah's humanity. Black/ White/ Asian /Young /The Not So Young /Rastafarians /Bald head /Dread. All races. All creeds. All genders. We don't segregate, we integrate.
They come because an 'Aba Shanti-I ' session is synonymous
with a vibe and a feeling. No one at an Aba session is made to feel strange. It is not about what you look like, it's about who you are and what is in your heart!
SIR COXSONE OUTERNATIONAL
The legendary UK soundman / record producer began his career in the sixties, soon after arriving from Jamaica. He was one of the first soundmen to play at West End clubs like Tiles and the Roaring Twenties, where a generation of British pop stars like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elton John first heard the music of Jamaica. Coxsone then dominated the seventies, when Bob Marley and Dennis Brown were among his closest allies, as heard on unforgettable dub-plates from that era. Lloyd is an elder statesman with more than fifty years' history behind him, but he knows there's still a place in the music for those who are young at heart and willing to embrace change.