Here comes another single release from ‘Prince Fatty Versus the Drunken Gambler’, that recent and well-received album of dubbed-up frantic reggae fantasy (see reggaemusic.org.uk 26th August). This time it’s a version of John Holt’s classic ‘Ali Baba’, with Winston Francis taking the lead and Dennis Alcapone providing his characteristic background contributions. This is paired on the single with another track from the album in the form of ‘Kung Fu Battle ina Brixton’, with the remarkable Horseman taking charge.
As if that were not enough to be going on with, Mr Bongo records commissioned Sinna One – a Brighton-based artist with a distinctive cartoon style of illustration influenced by street graffiti, comic books and sci-fi – to paint a large Prince Fatty mural on the side of a pub. Obviously. You can see it below.
Prince Fatty: Ali Baba/Ku Fu Battle ina Brixton; release 5th November 2012 on Mr Bongo records