With the current chart success of Sean Paul and
Beenie Man, Reggae has never been as popular since the days of Bob
It's fitting therefore that one of the headliners for this year's
Orange Evolution Festival is Reggae superstar Horace Andy.
Horace Andy's haunting falsetto has been imitated by scores of artists
over the years and his compositions include some of the most covered
material in reggae history.
During the early 70s, anthems like Skylarking, Fever and See A Man's
Face helped Horace Andy become one of Jamaica's most prolific singer/songwriters.
But it would take 20 years and a chance meeting with UK trip-hop/dance
band, Massive Attack before Andy began to receive the recognition
he truly deserves.
|A young Horace was a Studio
Andy went on to guest on every one of their albums.
Andy's work with Massive Attack encouraged a move
to London in the mid 90s, but don't think for a minute he's forgotten
"I live in England but my home is Jamaica," he confirms.
"I've lived in London for eight years now but if it wasn't
for Massive Attack I wouldn't be here."
style spans a generation.
Undoubtedly Andy's new found crossover appeal stems
back to the hard graft he put in back in the 70s.
As one of the most popular singer/songwriters for the legendary
Studio One label, his album Skylarking is regarded as a milestone
in Jamaican music.
His highly distinctive, unusual voice ensured he
became a unique artist in reggae.
Jamaican music has changed drastically since the
days of Studio One, but unlike many of his contemporaries, Andy
refuses to criticise today's dancehall stars.
"I love what the youths are doing, trust me," he insists.
"I don't fight the youths; the only thing I don't like is the
"I still listen to dancehall music; my kids are around me and
that's what they listen to."
Andy's impartial stance stems from a condemnation
As a roots warrior and a Rasta by nature, Andy has to practice what
he preaches - love.
The Horace Andy gig reunites the living DJ deities that are Echoes:
Rick Glanvill, Mick McCoy and John Johnson.
Echoes was Newcastle's seminal black music club founded over 20
DJ Tommy Caulker
Playing the finest in reggae, soul and African music
the Echoes trio gave birth to Newcastle's first ever African music
festival, Harambe Africa.
Echoes inspired a young Tommy Caulker of World Headquarters
Night club to embark on his DJ career.
As Tommy puts it, "Echoes was the best club
ever held in Newcastle, going to it was like stepping into a dream,
and it's something I have always tried to aspire to with World Headquarters.
The crowd were always a great mix, students and
locals, Echoes united the whole of the city through music."
As nostalgia takes the floor - expect tears of joy before bedtime.
|JUMPIN' HOT CLUB PRESENTS
BOSS SOUNDS HISTORY OF REGGAE
Horace Andy with live band
Friday April 23rd
University of Northumbria
Newcastle on Tyne
Tickets £12.50 / Doors 7.30pm
Tel: 0191 2330444 for further info
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