One Love Hi Powa – Hamburg 1998

Posted by joly on Jan 8, 2010 in dance, old tape, sound system

Not sure where this one came from – Manwel perhaps – but it’s Italian sound system One Love Hi Powa playing out in Hamburg, Germany on 7/31/98.



Sturgraph 1982

Posted by joly on Oct 6, 2009 in dance, old tape, sound system

Unlike the other Sound System session tapes featured thus far this one is not common. I’ve no idea where it came from. Sturgraph aka King Sturgav was a, if not the, top sound in Jamaica in the early 80’s, and even toured internationally. Listening to this it’s quite possibly from a UK visit, since it features Daddy Colonel and Josey Wales who both became big names in the UK. Another indicator is the content – which appears to come from the early ease’n’seckle portion of a dance – where serious social topics like unemployment are addressed.

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Battle of the Selecters – Dub Club NYC 1989

Posted by joly on Sep 6, 2009 in dance, old tape

It’s not well known that, before all the current more famous incarnations of the name Jack Balchin and I ran a Dub Club in the Talbot Tabernacle in London around 1981. In the late 80s I revived the name to do some nights in NYC with DJ Woody Dee and his Dreadbeat Massive Sound. This tape survives from one of our more notable shows, occasioned by a visit from the UK by Lepke (aka the Dread Outta Control) from original reggae pirate radio Dread Broadcast Corp, plus the imminent closing of the East Village’s favorite roots record store Irie Ites, for which it served as a send off party.  A line-up of selecters was duly arranged along with Richie from Underdog as MC.

What you hear here first is some sistren acappella as John (The Italian) takes the decks playing raggamuffin – John was representing a new store Ujima that had opened on the Bowery.  My set follows, somewhat beset with tech difficulties, then Cathy Tobias of Irie Ites, and then Lepke who scores mightily with the just-released ‘One Blood’ by Junior Reid.  I believe that is in fact John The Italian doing most of the MCing. Later in the night Keith Morris (of the Circle Jerks) took over and did a very credible job.

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