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Friday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Reggae Sound Systems and Dub Production

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This panel discussion explores the evolution of dub and home-made sound system culture, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica, guided by key practitioners in the field: the Jamaican-born music producer and broadcaster, Lister Hewan-Lowe, who brought Jack Ruby’s sound system from Jamaica to the US in 1982; Barbados-born producer, musician and sound system operator, Ras Kush, the Haitain-born record producer and sound system operator that divides his time between Brooklyn and Kyoto, Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser; as well as producer and live dub performer Laurent ‘Tippy’ Alfred, a leading light of the USVI reggae and dub scenes.

In discussion with author David Katz and journalist Angus Taylor, these dub innovators explore the transformative power of dub reggae and sound system culture as sonic sites of resistance and subversion.

Talent
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Laurent "Tippy" Alfred

Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred, a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is a musician, producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of I Grade Records.  Since launching I Grade Records in 2001, Tippy I has produced, recorded, and mixed over 30 albums with a range of roots reggae artists including Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie, Niyorah, Perfect Giddimani, Ras Batch, Glen Washington, Cornel Campbell, and many others. Tippy I’s skills... Read More →
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Lister Hewan-Lowe

Lister Hewan-Lowe was born on September 26, 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn at the age of 13. Becoming an Island Records executive, he worked with artists such as Black Uhuru, and did PR for Bob Marley. He is also an accomplished painter of penthouses. He has hosted a legendary North American reggae radio show, “Saturday’s A Party,” on SUNY Stony Brook’s WUSB 90.1 FM; picked... Read More →
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David Katz

Born in San Francisco but a longtime resident of London, David Katz is author of People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae; and Caribbean Lives: Jimmy Cliff. He contributed to The Rough Guide to Reggae, A Tapestry of Jamaica, Keep on Running: The Story of Island Records, International Reggae and Reggae From Yard. Katz’s writing and photographs have appeared in Newsweek... Read More →
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Ras Kush

Selector Ras Kush has been an active part of the sound system culture since the early 1990s. His entry in the performing arena began with a sound system called “Roots Potential,” which eventually became “Black Redemption: Sounds of Praises” with the addition of personnel like Japan’s Ras Takashi.  The system followed in the footsteps of the original Jamaican pioneers, bringing UK-influenced steppers/warrior... Read More →
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Mad Professor

Born in 1955, Mad Professor has been at the forefront of dub’s Joshua generation that followed pioneers Lee “Scratch” Perry and King Tubby. As a boy, Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser became known as Mad Professor due to his fascination with electronics. He emigrated from his native Guyana to London at age 13, and in the 70s recorded lovers rock artists such as fellow Guyanese Deborahe Glasgow. In the 1980s, Mad Professor released... Read More →
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Angus Taylor

Angus Taylor is a writer specializing in Jamaican music. He is chief editor of United Reggae online webzine, UK correspondent for Reggaeville.com, and a regular contributor to Riddim magazine. Taylor is a contributor of interviews and articles to a variety of other online and print media. He has written reggae album reviews for the BBC and reggae film reviews for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine.

Program Themes
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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

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