Saturday 18 November at O2 Academy Newcastle
THE SELECTER AND THE BEAT
A co-headline tour featuring the two of the original 2-Tone ska acts who both formed in the late 1970s.
Tuesday 5 December, 2017, 8pm, Sage Two, Gateshead
REGGAE IN BRITAIN: DENNIS BOVELL AND FRIENDS
Dennis Bovell tells the story, in words, film and music, of the first three decades of reggae in Britain – the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s – and its origins in ska and rocksteady. With his band, and with archive film footage, he charts how reggae reflected contemporary issues and influenced other music forms and a whole range of British musicians
Born in Barbados, reggae guitarist and singer Dennis Bovell (sometimes known under the pseudonym of Blackbeard) was one of the key figures on the London reggae scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, not only as a solo artist but also as a producer. The band Bovell co-founded in the mid-’70s, Matumbi, was one of England’s first self-contained reggae bands. In addition, Bovell released several albums of solo dub experiments, and he participated in the BBC’s Reggae Brittania season in 2011.
Writer Benjamin Zephaniah is contributing to this Arts Council-supported project and appears on film. He was part of the school known as the ‘Dub Poets’ – poets who worked alongside reggae music.
Thursday 7 December: Hoochie Coochie Club, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF
KHAKI SUIT AND TINGS
Monthly reggae, dub, ska, rock steady, calypso, African played by DJs Rod and Spencer