• Friday 4th April with Mad Professor, Earl 16 and Addis Pablo

    On Friday 4th of April we come with one heavy-hitting roots line-up, namely Mad Professor, Earl 16 and Addis Pablo & the Suns of Dub.

    Mad Professor has been a key player on the UK reggae scene for a long time now. He started his Ariwa label and studio in the mid-80s and has been responsible for some of the best and most important UK reggae ever recorded. He'll be focussing on the roots side of things at Rootikal and will be bringing his desk to perform live mix-downs of his classic productions. If you’ve not seen the man live in the mix, let us tell you that it’s truly something to behold.

    Earl 16 has been on the scene for a very long time now, as a youth he recorded in Kingston with Hermon Chin Loy, Lee Perry and Joe Gibbs, later working with Augustus Pablo, Linval Thompson, Mikey Dread, Coxsone and Yabby U. Essentially it's a long list of the very best reggae producers…. These sessions have given us classics like 'Malcolm X' (for Joe Gibbs Belmont label), 'The World Has Begun’, which was produced by Earl Morgan of The Heptones, and 'African Tribesman', which came on Dave Hendley's much sought-after Sufferer Heights label. In the mid-80s Earl moved to London, where he worked with Mad Professor, Nick Manasseh, Leftfield and Dreadzone - he’s certainly not an artist to be confined to a genre and we look forward to having him back at Rootikal.

    Addis Pablo & Suns of Dub have quite rightly been getting a lot of attention over the last year or so, with a great 10” and three 45s recently released – the debut album, 'House of My Father’, is released on 4th March. Playing the melodica, the same instrument as his legendary and much-missed father, the late Augustus, Addis will play a selection of his new material alongside classics from his father’s vast repertoire. The spirit has clearly passed father to son and we can’t wait to hear him perform at Rootikal.

    The Rootikal crew of David Hill and Mr Faso will also be spinning in the main room, ably assisted by Oxman on the mic, and Real Roots, with room 2 hosted by Dubplate Pearl and Sweetie, who will be coming with a soulful selection.

    Friday 4th April 2014, 9pm - 4am

    Admission: first 150 invites at £7, then £9 when sold. More on the door (subject to availability). tickettailor.com and residentadvisor.net

    Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH

    www.pow-london.com

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