Dubcentral w/ Mad Professor ft. Aisha / Digital (Function) +more
Friday 19th May
R1. DUBCENTRAL (roots / dub)
Mad Professor (live) Ft. Aisha
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R2. FEEDBACK (d&b / jungle / reggae) **New Warehouse Room**
Digital (Metalheadz / Function / Phantom Audio)
Dankle (Off Me Nut Records)
Aggers Ft. E-LL (Feedback)
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MAD PROFESSOR (Awira)
A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor is one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation. His studio and label, Ariwa, has been home to some of the finest British reggae productions and artists of the era.
The Ariwa label has had hits by the likes of Macka B, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka, Johnny Clark and many more as well as Mad Professor collaborating with reggae legends including: Lee “Scratch” Perry, U-Roy, Sly and Robbie, Horace Andy, Yabby You and Bob Andy.
With his high-profile collaborators, Mad Professor soon found himself in demand as a remixer for rock, R&B, and electronica acts. Over the course of the ’90s and into the new millennium, he’s remixed tracks by the Orb, the KLF, the Beastie Boys, Jamiroquai, Depeche Mode, among others. His best-known project, however — and the one that truly established his credentials — was 1995’s No Protection, a completely re imagined version of trip-hop collective Massive Attack’s second album, Protection.
Mad professor was last at Dubcentral in 2003 at the infamous Everyone Centre . 14 years later and better than ever he returns . .this time, with the first lady of roots… Aisha
Aisha has been singing on sound systems since the age of eight, she is a sound mans daughter… and, a True Roots Dawta.
Aisha has travelled the world uplifting and inspiring people through singing and doing Jah Works from Africa to Brazil, Israel, Europe, Australia, Mexico, and Japan.
Her first albums, “High Priestess” and “True Roots” were produced by Mad Professor on his Ariwa label and “Zions Daughter” and “Raise Your Voice” were produced by Twinkle Brother; Norman Grant. All are roots classics. When ORB sampled “Creator” on the hit “Blue Room”, and Ministry of Sound sampled it again on “Roll To The Floor”, Aisha reached an even wider audience.
“Creator”, which was released in 1986 was continually played by sound system legend Jah Shaka in his sessions making “Creator” not only become her signature tune, but a bonafide roots anthem.
To Aisha, each performance is special — not just “another gig”. Her tours and performances have inspired her spiritually. In 1998 she performed in Nairobi, at the Kenya Sunbeat Festival. “It was a turning point in my life because I actually reached Africa,” she says. “I was playing for 70,000 people and the way they received me… I literally had to receive people and acknowledge that I’m home. I was overwhelmed. Africa was like feeding the hearts of many. We probably take music for granted every day, but you go to places like Africa, and they’re so hungry for the food for the strength and encouragement.” Aisha is said to mean life, but in Israel in 95, she was told it’s an ancient word for grandmother. “I never experienced anything like that show; singing, looking at the sea and seeing endless people.”
Her latest release with Mad Professor ‘Wait A Minute’ has been another sound system killer .. We are truly blessed to have her with us !
DIGITAL (Metalheadz / Function / Phantom Audio)
Digital aka Steve Carr is known exclusively for his old skool beats and dubby basslines . Digital has been involved in music all of his life, particularly reggae. Main influences being from his father having run a sound system for about thirty years. His musical tag & skills come from his knack at tampering with electronic equipment from the early age of fourteen. From about 1989 to 1991 Digital was busy “running around playing reggae” with sound systems, till the fateful period when “all this rave business” crept in.
Around 1991 the scene started to grow heavily in Ipswich and the surroundings areas. Digital started hiring out his sound system to various promoters having raves in and around Ipswich, this is when he started checking out the scene and its music. 1991 was also the year Digital met Danny C. The two eventually joined forces to produce Split Personality’ for Certificate 18 under the guise of Authorized Riddim in ’94.
Steve got to know Rupert Parkes, best known as Photek, around town in Ipswich who helped him get underway on his own studio. His first solo release was Touch Me’ on Timeless Recordings in 1995 but it was the phenomenal ‘Spacefunk” also on Timeless that really showcased his talents alongside tracks such as Down Under’ on Metalheadz that put his name firmly on the map. To follow was a host of releases for likes of Moving Shadow, Photek Productions and Creative Source.
Digital has only played Sheffield once before , so we are super excited to be the ones to invite him back to the Steel City …. And with his history of sound systems , he cannot wait to play Dubcentral.
£12 Early Bird
Doors: 11pm – 5am