Line-up /Dawn Penn
Shere Khan Soundsystem ft guest mc's
Rocking the start of the Easter bank holiday weekend in style...
We'll be keeping it lyrical in room one with a fine aray of reggae, ragga, grime and hip hop artists, whilst making sure it stays funky in room 2, with a host of tastefull producers and selectors from across the genres.
We're seriously lucky to have the honour of the great Dawn Penn coming down to the Jamm. She first emerged in Jamaica during the reggae rocksteady period of the late 60's, where she recorded her massive hit 'you don't love me' at the legendary Studio One. Dawn has since travelled the world with her soulfull reggae lyrics, recording different sounds over the ages, and most recently experimenting with garage beats, as can be heard on 'city life'. All of which you'll have the privilege of hearing on the night.
Buggsy- Hailing from Bristol, he's the hottest new name on the UK Hip Hop Scene. He masterfully combines elements of reggae, dub, grime and hip hop into a unique and upbeat sound. Having just released his debut album 'The Great Escape' to rave reviews, expect big things from his set. http://www.eyezine.co.uk/a/music/Album-Review-Buggsy-The-Great-Escape-316.html
Deadly Hunta- He blew everyone away at the last gig, so much so that we had to bring him back, if you came you'll know why! He's got it all; with his fast ragga lyrics on songs like 'talk out loud' being nicely juxtaposed to more soulful sounds, as can be heard on songs such as 'phenomenon'. He could just be the UK's answer to Sizzla. If you haven't see him live before then get down just for this, and have a listen to his new album 'Speak my mind', though bare in mind nothing compares to his energy on stage.
Don Letts- The term legend is often thrown around too easily, but not in this case. He is credited as being the man who brought reggae and punk music together. In the mid 70's when the Roxy club was opened as a place for the punks to hang, Letts was the DJ. Due to the relatively new punk sound, there weren't many punk songs cut to vinyl yet, so Letts, inspired by his Jamaican heritage, spun reggae and dub, bringing a West Indian and punk crowd together, attracting the likes of The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Bob Marley. The influence of this can be heard on many a record, clearly in the sound of The Clash and again on Bob Marley's song 'Punky Reggae Party'. Letts then formed Big Audio Dynamite in 1984 playing bass alongside The Clash's Mick Jones on guitar. In addition to this he's an award winning film director with a long list of music orientated documentaries spanning the decades, in 2003 he won a grammy for his film Westway to World. It's well worth tuning into his weekly radio show on BBC 6.
Chieftain Joseph- Also on Reality Shock with Deadly Hunta, he has one of the warmest voices around in reggae today, you only have to listen to 'musical farmer' to realise. His sound is reminiscent of the early dancehall greats, with many comparing him to Horace Andy. http://www.chieftainjoseph.com/
Dj Shepdog- Renown for his lively sets and bouncy remixs, Shepdog cleverly mixes a range of genres into the blender; from reggea, hip hop and soul, to drum n bass, jungle and house. He'll be playing 'the nice up' and have you dancing for sure....
It ties in nicely with a bank holiday the next day, so be sure to get your ticket early as the whole of London will be out! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2510063668