The sound system is of course the only way to truly experience the music of Jamaica. Ever since the 50’s sound men of all kinds have built their massive and not so massive speaker boxes, search for or record their own tunes and set up in lawns to entertain the crowds with the latest musical nuggets. That’s the way it has always been and would take over the UK scene as well. Great men such as Tom “The Great” Sabastian, Prince Buster, King Tubby, Duke Reid the Trojan, Coxsone and others built their own sounds.
This single revisits one of the top, aggressively hard-hitting instrumental cuts off of Open Season–“Rich Morrissey” and its version “Roland Meets Richie” featuring the late great and very much missed Skatalite Roland Alphonso
The London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter (17-20 April 2014) with 50 acts from around the world across 15 bespoke events at famed and iconic London venues. Headline acts include Horace Andy, Derrick Morgan, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Jazz Jamaica and King Prawn, whilst venues include the lawns of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Sq (screening Madness’ 1981 Take It or Leave It film), The Dixie Queen Thames cruise, and Camden Town’s Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Barfly, The Forge and Electric Ballroom.
A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.