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January 2004
Have a boss jumpin' 2004
Alton in Central Park by
Alton Ellis - godfather of Rocksteady

Premier Reggae promoters Boss Sounds hit 2004 head on with a concert from the legendary Alton Ellis.

Are you ready to Rocksteady ?

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Alton Ellis, dubbed the Godfather of Rocksteady, came to prominence in the late 60's when the frantic Ska beat slowed awhile to allow soulful crooners, such as Alton, to come to the fore.

The Alton Ellis gig is the second instalment of Boss Sounds, an ambitious new music project which aims to chart the history and development of Jamaican music.

Alton towers

Every stage in the development of Reggae has an originator.
One person who stood rocksteady above the rest, was Alton Ellis.

Born in 1944 in Kingston, he first recorded for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label.

Alton Ellis 2000 by
Alton still rockin' at 60

In the era of Rude Boys, Alton and his group, the Flames, made some classic anti-Rude Boy singles including the classic, 'Cry Tough'.

Ellis later blamed Marley for glorifying the Rudies; the petty criminals and dropouts of 1960's Jamaica.

Boss Sounds: A reggae history

The Boss Sounds series kicked off in December 2003 with an unforgettable night of roots and dub with the Zulu Warrior, Jah Shaka.

Over the next five years, Boss Sounds promise many more reggae delights; from Ska and Rocksteady through to Roots, Dub, Dancehall and Ragga.

Boss Sounds will be a living history of reggae, letting the artists tell the story through the music.

An evening with Alton Ellis will be one of the early highlights of 2004, with devotees travelling from all over the country - such is the appeal of this enduring rocksteady superstar.

Catch him if you can.

Alton Ellis and Band

Alton Ellis

Saturday 24th January

Jumpin' Hot Club
Live Theatre
7.30 till late

support: Hassle

Tickets £10
Call: 0191 2321232 for further info

Blood and Fire Sound System

County Culture on stage

with Ranking Joe, Country Culture, Raggamonica, Steve Barrow, Dom.

Saturday 14th February,
Jumpin' Hot Club, The Cluny, Lime Street, Byker,
8.00 till late

Tickets £10.00
Call: 0191 2321232 for further info


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