REGGAE | SKA | GLOBAL
Jah Shaka, also known as the Zulu Warrior, is a legendary reggae/dub soundsystem operator and producer. Based in the UK, he has been operating his sound since the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, he was famous for keeping up his roots and culture agenda, while most of the UK soundsystems followed the Jamaican trend for digital dancehall riddims and "slackness" lyrics. While this move placed him outside the reggae mainstream, he aquired a new (white as well as black) following. His fans and musical cooperators, like The Disciples, Jah Warrior and Iration Steppas went on to coin a distinct electronic style of dub nowadays typical for the UK. With his strictly Rastafarian attitude and the dry and heavy sound of his productions, which are (in contrary to most of the more recent UK dub) recorded with live instruments, yet stripped down to the maximum, Jah Shaka is considered the forefather of UK Dub.
On his label, Jah Shaka Music, which has been operating since the early 1980s, he released not only crucial dub albums, like his classical "Commandments of Dub" series, but also various vocal cuts by artists like Max Romeo, Horace Andy and Johnny Clarke.
Jah Shaka still plays on his soundsystem on a regular basis in the UK and from time to time in other countries, finally having recovered after heavy house fire injuries in 2000. His soundsystem gigs are a cultural institution that layed a huge impact not only on the developement of dub, but on English popular music altogether. His sets introduced not only many future apostles of UK dub to roots music, but also influenced mainstream producers like Basement Jaxx.
TEMPLE FUNK COLLECTIVE
A New Orleans style 8 piece brass band riot, taking their lead from the Louisiana legends and adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop. Hailing from Temple Cowley, Oxford, Temple Funk hit the scene in late 2012 and haven’t looked back since.
With a rapidly growing fan base they are becoming one of the UKs top New Orleans Brass Bands. Temple Funk are a band you can watch over and over again and still spot something new.
Lionstar have already shared the stage with the likes of UB40, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, ASWAD, Bad Manners, Soul II Soul and The Happy Mondays, to name a few, and will be bringing their Reggae/Rock/World Fusion to this years Grinagog Festival for a performance not to be missed.
Old Man Corner
The OMC DJs are a collective of like-minded folk who just want to play the best of the best across almost all genres. Covering everything from Funk and Soul through to house & disco, all the way through to old skool jungle their nights have become famous for hitting as many musical genres as possible in a 12 hour period
Ranging from award winning international DJs to 100% amateurs their only requirement is that you love your music and, quite frankly, know your sh*t!
If you have the pleasure of catching the OMC Djs then you will be treated to an amazingly eclectic mix of music guaranteed to rock the party. You will be entertained, you might be educated but you will most certainly dance!
The Rambunctious Social club is a creatively curious collision of DJ – ing, sets of visual invention and interaction, accompanied by stunning artwork. It’s immersive and instantly infectious vibe appeals to a broad section of revellers and occupies a unique position in the Club/arts world. Run by cornish artist Lee Hodges (Hodguez) and Glyn Griffiths (Senor Griff) it is now in it’s eighth year! Joining them on the night will also be Countryman of Tropical Pressure.
Musically Rambunctious manages to pull of a dazzling array of genres from Tropical to Swing, Eastern European to Bluegrass, African to Electro Swing and still manage to retain it’s own utterly unique sound.
“Hailing from Dartmoor, these Moorland rural folk have managed to create one of the best Tropical Mash up events and music this country has probably ever seen, as well as incredible artworks, get ready to party!” – BESTIVAL.
Ska Au Go Go
Ska Au Go Go is a DJ night, Playing Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady from a large library collected over the past 37 years.
"As I grew so did my love of this music and I found myself fronting Bands the first being Too Hot and now The Simmertones and have released our own records, some of have been played on Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music as well as many local and international Radio Stations."
"I have been fortunate to have shared the same billings as many artists I grew up listening too, artists like The Beat, Bad Manners, Madness, Rhoda Dakar, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, UB40, The Skatilites, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitkin and DJ Derek."
The Reggaskas are a female fronted reggae/ska band, backed by horns, keyboard, guitar, drum and bass. Performing original, unique music, with an energetic reggae/ska vibe which is not to be matched, we have vast experience in live performances and we guarantee to entertain the crowd. Originally from Devon, The Reggaskas were founded in 2013 by brothers Mike and Steve Bourne over a couple of pints of Guinness. Having grown up in a musical family - both parents played professionally - Mike and Steve can boast passion and depth of understanding for music with a particular affinity for reggae and ska. Lead singer Lizy Eames, a talented young singer, came back home to the South-West having completed her music degree. We grew from strength to strength as more members were recruited until the full seven piece line-up was in place, made up of some of the finest musicians in Devon. As the main influences behind The Reggaska’s unique sound, and as our name suggests, we create reggae and ska tracks in collaboration with our friends and band-mates who share our passion for the music and the creative spark to make something unique. Our line-up consists of seven of Devon’s finest musical minds: Lizy Eames; our singer and front-girl, Mike Bourne on Saxophone and Melodica, Steve ‘Fester’ Bourne on trumpet, Chris Reeves; our lead guitarist, Simon Lang on keyboard, Dave Nicholson on bass, and Harry Colridge on the drums.
Ten Bob Notes
Ten Bob Notes are an Orignal band from Newquay, Cornwall With recent additions to their line-up which now consists of 7 Members, Jaimie O’Neill Lead vocalist & Cornet, Chris (Upright) Bracken on Double Bass, Joe Gutterage on Drums, Dave Moss on keyboards, Brynn Williams on Rhythm Guitar & Vocals, Joe (the lips) Hoskins on Trombone & Ian Scott on Saxophone. Their Lively, Original, energetic Ska/reggae/Two Tone style, mixing witty lyrics and serious issues with addictive guitar riffs and brass melodies, will keep the audience humming for days and will guarantee that night to remember!
About We are the administers of the finest jump jivin ska and 2Tone. An Exeter band who get any audience skankin' for their lives. A high energy ska band who cover songs from Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker to 2Tone.
The Barefoot Bandit
The Barefoot Bandit are a reggae/dub band based in Devon. Their sound mixes catchy melodies with exciting rhythms, creating a combination of roots reggae and deep dark dub.
DJ producer/s from the English Riviera coming from the heart of Devon. Radio host of the Award winning Dub on The Dart.
Music show of the year 2012. 102.5fm - www.soundartradio.org.uk
Reggae Dub Ska and all things JAH!
Wake the town and tell the people!.. Heavyweight UK Roots rhythm section, previous cup finalists in the UK One Love festival, return to their roots as the powerhouse behind the Bluespots with a classic selection of heritage ska, sweet rock steady and roots reggae from the glory days of Treasure Isle and Studio One..