5 Reasons To Go See - Reggae
- Mark Edmundson
- 19 June 2008
- It’s hot
Nothing says summer like sweet reggae music. That enviable Caribbean climate seems to emanate from the speakers, giving all a feel-good, lazy day, sunshine quality. It’s just the weather, right?
- It’s heady
While great for kicking back and nodding your head in the homestead, that distinctive blend of hypnotic rhythms and bowel-worrying bass is designed to make you move at the dance.
- It’s wise
With its roots in Rastafarianism, reggae regularly preaches One Love, espousing a politicised ‘live and let live’ attitude that’s as judicious today as ever.
- It’s wordy
Reggae’s inseparable affiliation with marijuana leads to statements of inspired wisdom from its spokesmen, as well as baffling outbursts: ‘Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen’ (Bob Marley). ‘Those who love Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry music shall live forever; those who fight against Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry shall die forever in Doomsville’ (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry).
- It’s British
Well, of course, it isn’t but the UK has played an important part in promoting and exporting reggae worldwide thanks to labels such as Trojan Records. Hailing from a small island in the commonwealth, Jamaica’s reggae music is the product of a comparable tradition in taking the now sounds of America and relaying them in one’s own inimitable style.
Luciano & Jah Messenjah, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Mon 23 Jun; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 26 Jun; Rockers Revolt featuring Pama International, Soundhaus, Glasgow, Sun 29 Jun; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Mon 30 Jun.