The contribution of the Congos to reggae is well-understood and well-documented. Their classic album Heart of the Congos (1977) is still held in awe as a reggae landmark (reggaemusic.org.uk 18th September 2009) while more recent dub reworkings (see reggaemusic.org.uk 19 May 2012) continue to attract attention. Plus they still perform live, with undiminished force. Now you can catch the Congos, with the unique voice of Cedric Myton up front, at the Jazz Cafe, Camden, on 26th June, a most inviting prospect.
Not long after, July 6th sees the London launch of the Prince Fatty Rub a Dub Club in Brixton, accompanied by the esteemed Trojan Sound System, along with the sounds of Hollie Cook, Horseman, Dennis Bovell, Jabbawocky HiFi, The Minister of Blaxploitation (AKA Moody Boyz) and (it is promised) more…Fatty’s tracks are mixed live and analogue with all the reverb, echo and tricks of 70s dub technicians that you might hope for, while the visitations upon ska, dub, dancehall and bass from the Trojan Sound System speak for themselves. Mightily impressive dub releases from producer Prince Fatty have been covered on these pages before (eg, reggaemusic.org.uk 22 October 2012) and here this uplifting retro/forward-facing live dub sound hits the streets of Brixton. Better lively up yerself then!
Wednesday 26th June 2013, The Congos at the Jazz Cafe, Camden, £15 advance; doors 19.00.
Saturday 6th July 2013, Prince Fatty Rub a Dub Club, 22:00 – 04:00, Brixton Jamm, £8 advance, more on the door.
Details as notified at time of writing – check first.