Monday, May 02, 2011

Reggae Legends in the Area

Some reggae legends playing out in South London in next ten days.

On Saturday 7th May, Deptford Dub Club at the Albany presents a sound clash between Adrian Sherwood (On U Sound) and the Mad Professor. Is there anybody one or both of these guys haven't worked with? (Massive Attack, Lee Perry, Sly & Robbie, Sade, Nine Inch Nails etc. etc.). I drove past the Prof's Ariwa studio last week, in White Horse Lane just down the road from Crystal Palace football ground. One memorable night many years ago I saw Tackhead at Brixton Academy, Sherwood's project with Doug Wimbish, Keith Leblanc and Skip McDonald - previously with the famed Sugarhill Records house band.

Then on Thursday 12th May, Jamaican dancehall star Yellowman is playing at the Hootananny in Brixton. Had to look twice when I heard this, couldn't quite believe he was going to be in what was once my Brixton local (in its George Canning days). But apparently he has played there before, in 2009.

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