About This Event
Doors Open:9:00 PM
Show Time:9:00 PM
It might be more than 40 years since Lee Perry built an unassuming studio called The Black Ark in the Washington Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, and his brother-in-mind King Tubby worked his magic on a couple of multi-track tapes. But their echoes still resonate to this day. From your favorite woozy indie pop combo to the countless bedroom producers exploring the limits of bass from London to LA, dub still stands as one of the main influences of today’s dance and pop music. To celebrate this heritage, the Red Bull Music Academy invited some of those artists who carry the torch that Perry and Tubby once ignited to perform in a truly unique setting. Expect double-trouble pairings, heavenly harmonies in surround sound, and mixing board magic live on stage. Acts on the bill include dubwise devastators such as the mighty Adrian Sherwood; Jamaica’s greatest vocal group of all time, The Congos; Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U’s Future Times; DIY electronic dubbers Peaking Lights; and none other than his majesty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry himself. A long night on the echo beach!
This is a general admission, standing event.
I’m an artist, a musician, a magician, a writer, a singer; I’m everything. My name is Lee from the African jungle, originally from West Africa. I’m a man from somewhere else, but my origin is from Africa, straight to Jamaica through reincarnation; reborn in Jamaica…” Lee “Scratch” Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as “Pipecock Jaxxon” and “The Upsetter”. Arguably the first creatively driven, “artist-producer” in modern recorded music, Lee “Scratch” Perry occupies the highest level of music making – standing comfortably next to pioneers like George Martin, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson…
Encapsulating Perry’s entire long astonishing career is difficult at best. Chronicling his recordings as a solo artist and as the leader of various groups, along with his overflowing catalogue of productions, all released on a myriad of labels, could fill a book.
In recent years, Perry has continued to work as a songwriter and a producer, but more importantly, he has continued to record himself, making fresh, new music while maintaining his mastery of the recording studio.
The Congos were the reggae duo “Ashanti” Roy Johnson tenor, and Cedric Myton falsetto, both born in 1947. Specialising in roots reggae, with rastafarian/spiritual lyrics, they recorded the classic Heart of The Congos in 1977, produced by Lee Perry at the Black Ark Studio, with the Congos augmented by illustrious backing singers such as Gregory Isaacs and the Heptones. Leaving Black Ark, after predictably arguing with Perry over sales, royalties and payments, their career lost momentum. Later recordings such as Congos Ashanti being sparser and sounding ordinary compared to Perry’s kitchen-sink-and-all massive productions. Cedric Myton had previously worked with Prince Lincoln Thompson. In 2005 Myton recorded Give Them the Rights with a host of backup singers and star session players such as Sly and Robbie and Chinna Smith, very much in the spiritual 70s roots vein.