EVENT: Big Youth + Arise Roots at Dub Club July 20

On Wednesday July 20 the Dub Club will present the 3rd Reggae Meets Africa event with Big Youth backed by The Fully Fullwood Band, LA’s fast rising Arise Roots meeting African stars Khaira Arby and Sabar All-Stars at the Echo-Plex/ Echo with resident Dub Club DJ’s and special guest Danny Holloway African set.

A man with a message, Big Youth arrived on the music scene in the wake of U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, and I-Roy, but quickly established his own style, threatening to eclipse them all. The consummate cultural toaster, the DJ ruled the dancehalls across the ’70s, and continues to have an impact on both his own nation and beyond.

He started as a DJ on the Tippertone Sound System and had one of his first big hits produced by Keith Hudson , who dragged a motorcycle into the studio to capture its revving engine for “S.90 Skank,” a tribute to the popular Honda motorcycle, and roared Big Youth to the top of the Jamaican chart.?Big Youth’s debut album, Screaming Target, arrived in 1973. Produced by Gussie Clarke, the album was stuffed with classic rhythms from the likes of Gregory Isaacs and Lloyd Parks, and filled with hits as well, including the magnificent title-track. The DJ seemed to have now glued himself to the chart and during that year, four of his songs, including “Screaming Target” , “Cool Breeze,” and “A So We Stay” (a version of Dennis Brown’s “Money in My Pocket”), sat proudly on the Jamaican Top 20 for the entire year.

Big Youth @ The Dub Club

Photo By Bob Salzman

In 1975, the Dreadlocks Dread album appeared, which remains a masterpiece of dread roots and provocative cultural toasts. ??Dreadlocks Dread had a massive impact on the U.K., where it was picked up by the Klik label and prompted Big Youth to tour there the following year. He was a favorite of Johnny Rotten and other punks at the time, and later would help provide part of the inspiration for the naming of the band “Sonic Youth”.1976 brought two albums in its wake, Natty Cultural Dread and Hit the Road Jack, both self-produced by a self-confident Big Youth at the peak of his powers. ? The DJ also had a cameo role in the movie Rockers. He’s absolutely unmistakable, stepping out of a flash car and flashing a smile that shows off his front teeth embedded with red, yellow, and green jewels, as his long dreads whip around his face.


Big Youth gave an amazing performance the last time he was at Dub Club. For this show he will be backed up by the Fully Fullwood band, featuring Tony Chin on guitar and Fully on bass. As members of the Soul Syndicate band, Tony and Fully played on many of Big Youths biggest tunes in the 70s , so who better to back him up now?

Arise RootsArise Roots was formed with the goal of producing quality roots reggae music for the masses. Their intense sound is fresh, inspirational, organic, and soul-driven. In these times of social, political, and environmental strife, ARISE offers a positive classic roots sound with a modern feel. Based out of Los Angeles, California, ARISE is proud to be a product of a growing reggae movement.

Khaïra Arby
(pronounced: H?-ra Arb?), the Nightingale of the North, was born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu, Mali. Khaira’s parents came from different ethnic backgrounds, mother Songhai and father Berber. You can hear these cultures in her music; she sings in several languages. The instrumentation and rhythms are just as varied with electric guitar and bass, calabash, ngoni, traditional violin, and percussion creating a complex mixture of sound and structure.?To no one’s surprise, Khaïra won her first singing contest while just a schoolgirl and was chosen to represent Mali internationally. By the age of 22 Khaïra had made her first recording with the Orchestre Regional de Tombouctou and after a short time was invited to sing with the famous Orchestre Badema in Bamako.

She continued to earn her stripes beside such Malian stars as her cousin, Ali Farka Touré and the widely influential Fissa Maïga. Since the 1990’s Khaïra has focused all her energies on her music. With three albums in her own name and a fourth about to be released she is the Voice of Mali’s North. ??Khaïra sings in the “desert blues” tradition and her music takes the listener on an audio journey across the essence of Mali and Tombouctou, a meeting of compass points, religions, cultures, past and present. She sings about love, peace, family and the lives of women. She expresses her pride in the history and struggles of her desert homeland and its people. ??Khaïra lives in Timbuktu with her family. She performs at concerts and festivals throughout Mali and France. She has appeared several times with her band at the mythic Festival in the Desert in Essakane and at the Festival on the Niger River in Segou. In 2006 she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali. The NY Times called her 2010 album, “Timbuktu Tarab” (Clermont Music), one of the decade’s best African albums.

Opening for Khaira Arby will be Sabar All Stars, a group of drummers working in the Sabar style from Dakar, Senegal.

DJing in the Echoplex will be the resident Dub Club DJs, and upstairs in The Echo a special African DJ set from legendary record collector Danny Holloway, who was recently written up the Japanese edition of Wax Poetics.

Wednesday July 20th
3rd Reggae Meets Africa event with Big Youth backed by The Fully Fullwood Band, Arise Roots,  Khaira Arby, Sabar All-Stars with resident Dub Club DJ’s and special guest Danny Holloway.

with Resident DJs:
Tom Chasteen
Roy Corderoy
The Dungeonmaster
Boss Harmony

1154 Glendale Blvd
(Main Entrance is through Alley)
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9pm / $10 ADV; $15 AT THE DOOR / 21+ [Ticket Info]

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I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.