Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang feat: Bitty McLean & Junior Natural at Yaam Berlin / Monday, 06.08.2018
We’re celebrating the Jamaican Independence Day 2018 with some of the Islands most influental musicans and upcoming singers from England & Sweden. Get ready for a very special night of Reggae, Dub, Roots & Rocksteady at Berlin’s Nr.1 place for Jamaican music culture!
Sly and Robbie affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry,Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era. Their stellar playing and production work have also graced albums for a host of international artists including, among many, Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Serge Gainsbourg, Sinead O’Connor, The Rolling Stones, and countless others.
Sly Dunbar, then drumming for Skin Flesh and Bones, and Robbie Shakespeare, playing bass and guitar with the Aggrovators, discovered they had the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of Motown, Stax Records, the Philly Sound, and country music, in addition to Jamaican legendary labels Studio One and Treasure Isle), and reggae production in particular. They first worked together with The Revolutionaries for the newly created Channel One studio and label, operated by the Hoo Kim brothers.
At only 22, Junior Natural is a Reggae veteran. Like his glorious predecessor Dennis Brown, Junior started at 8. After touring for a decade in the West, he took the ultimate challenge in Jamaica. Kingston’s notoriously merciless crowds raved and adopted Junior, who became a staple of the local scene. Two years ago, his performance was one of the highlight of the Telerama Dub Festival.
Recognizing huge potential, Sly & Robbie did what they always do when they find a truly great artist: they crafted a brand new, yet unmistakably TAXI, sound with the MILITANT album. MILITANT is simply on of the best Reggae album in years. It picks up where Sly & Robbie arrived at with Black Uhuru and Ini Kamoze in the 80’s. Turbo charged with attitude, it is hard, yet melodic, letting Junior speak with clarity to hearts and minds in times of trouble.
Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang feat: Bitty McLean & Junior Natural
Monday, 6th August 2018 | 20:00 CET
Yaam | Stralauer Platz 35 | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain