Brother Culture set for Messenger Sound System date
Veteran micsman visits longstanding Edinburgh dub reggae night
‘Brother Culture is no stranger to Messenger Sound System,’ says the Edinburgh dub reggae night’s founder Steve Gad about its latest guest. ‘His association with the club goes right back to the old Bongo Club on New Street, and he and I are old friends. We’re about the same age, we’ve experienced the same things, he’s a rastaman and so am I.’
High praise, coming from Edinburgh’s premier promoter on the sound system scene, but then Brother Culture seems to gather fraternal affection wherever he goes. A Londoner by the name of Simon Fajemisin, his MCing skills have been in demand for nearly three decades, both live and on record. He’s worked with or appeared alongside Aswad, the Trojan Sound System, Adrian Sherwood, Zion Train, The Orb Soundsystem and many others. Amongst a bunch of labels he’s released on is Scotch Bonnet, the recorded wing of Glasgow’s Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
‘I’ll be working with him on an original format here,’ says Gad. ‘Sometimes he’ll play his own set in places, where he uses his own backing tapes, but here he says he’s happy to take it as it comes. I’ll be the selector on the night and he’ll ride the rhythm just doing what he wants. It’s a tried and tested traditional manner, and Brother Culture’s a lyrically gifted micsman. He’s a veteran now and he can hold the mic and chat all night. Like his name says, he’s bringing a cultural message – that’s very important. Word, sound and power to deliver a solid message that people can hold on to.’
Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 6 Nov.