On Wednesday 11 October, Dub Me Always presents another sound system special, when the legendary Lloydie Coxsone and guest selector Grace of Spades join host DJ David Katz for a night of original vintage roots reggae and unheard dubplates. The night will start at 7pm with a free screening of I Am The Gorgon: Bunny “Striker” Lee and the Roots of Reggae, with Bunny Lee in attendance.
Lloydie Coxsone is one of the giants of sound system culture in Britain. Born and raised in the rebel parish of St Thomas, Jamaica, Lloydie moved to London in 1962 and settled in Balham, where he began playing on a sound system called Queen of the West. After moving to the Barry Skyrocket sound, he and selector Festus formed a sound called Lloyd the Matador, which did not last long. Then, after a brief stint playing a sound called Duke Reid, Lloydie and Festus formed Sir Coxsone Outernational from their base in Clapham; the sound later shifted to Brixton. Residencies at West End clubs such as the Grotto on Wardour Street and the Roaring 20s on Carnaby Street helped reggae to gain acceptance amongst the wider population, Sir Coxsone keeping the edge through a perpetual stash of exclusive dub plates from Jamaican stalwarts such as King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Burning Spear, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Max Romeo, Yabby You, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bob Andy, Alton Ellis, the Royals, Scientist, Zap Pow and countless others. I Roy was a resident toaster on the sound during the early 1970s, and from 1971, Lloydie Coxsone was venturing into record production, reaching his stride in the mid-1970s when his production of Louisa Mark’s “Caught You In A Lie” kick-started the lover’s rock craze. The two volumes of his King Of The Dub Rock albums are classics of the dub LP genre, and his productions of Creation Steppers and other acts are highly sought-after gems of the roots reggae era. Levi Roots, Blacka Dread, Tena Fly and Mackie Banton are among the many talented vocalists and toasters to be associated with the sound, which was one of the first to tour widely in Britain, as well as on the European continent. Lloydie Coxsone is rightly revered as a legendary figure on the sound system circuit, and we are particularly pleased to welcome him to Dub Me Always for the very first time.
Guest selector Grace of Spades from New York presents the Watch This Sound vinyl reggae show on BBox Radio. She will be joining host DJ David Katz on the decks in the early part of the night. We expect a total roadblock, so come early to avoid disappointment!
At 7pm sharp, there will be a free screening of I Am The Gorgon: Bunny “Striker” Lee and the Roots of Reggae. If you haven’t seen the film before, come down early to catch it! And if you’ve already seen it but have the time, come along to see it again with Bunny Lee on hand to answer questions and to sign albums, books and DVDs.
Doors open 6:30pm
Film screening 7pm sharp
Music 8:30pm-midnight, free entry