Sun 20 Nov 2011

The Congos (JAM) w Mista Savona
Also featuring Iration Steppas (UK), Mad Professor, Lotek (UKAUS), Dubmarine (NZ) Stryka D.
AWME and PBS present a night of the deepest roots and the heaviest bass.

Reggae’s living legends, The Congos, have been producing conscious, roots music for over three decades. The three-piece vocal group formed in 1975 in Kingston, Jamaica during the “golden age of reggae” – a time when the skank rhythms unique to the Caribbean island were fast gaining popularity in the US and Europe. The group’s famed first album Heart of The Congos, produced by Lee Perry at Black Ark in 1977, is often lauded as one of the best roots-reggae albums ever created. The group went on to release an additional 13 albums and have endured as a formidable presence within the reggae scene, captivating audiences with the signature lilting harmonies of Cedric Myton and their deep roots sound. They’ll be backed by Melbourne’s own roots-reggae powerhouse ensemble the Mista Savona band.

Iration Steppas are at the vanguard of the worldwide dub movement. The UK based crew initially started out as a sound system in the 90’s focusing primarily on spinning dubplates before venturing into their own productions. Having played all over the world from USA to Japan, the Steppas spearheaded the introduction of the dub scene to Leeds through their own flagship night Subdub. They’re guaranteed to bring the heaviest bass and the deepest roots to every show.

BOOM! Is the sound that International Rudeboy Lotek makes when he takes to the stage and throws down his hip hop inflected ska reggae. Known as an outstanding producer in London for his work with hip hop superstar Roots Manuva and 2009 Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle’s album Speech Therapy, he has been mixing up a storm in his Melbourne based studio Counter Clockwise - remixing and tweaking local artists and releasing his new album International Rudeboy.

Sound the alarm! Australia’s high-powered, high energy, dub, dancehall, reggae, drum n’ bass, sub-bass vessel Dubmarine have been rocking stages with their high-energy stage show, and bombastic music. Lead by the vocal gymnastics of Indigenous superstar and Gangulu man D-Kazman, Dubmarine have a mission, to produce bass-crunching, rhythm-pounding, hip-shaking modern music, fusing elements of music from all around the world.

Melbourne’s own Stryka D from Heartical HiFi specialises in serving up foundational sounds through to the latest and greatest in Rootical Dubwise.

Date: Sunday 20th November, 2011
Time: 7.30pm till late
Location: The HiFi, 125 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Price: $32 + BF
Bookings: 1300 843 4434, TICKETS ON SALE NOW!