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I saw Lee Scratch Perry a little over ten years ago and he was pretty old then, so to hear that he is returning to Newcastle at the age of 79 came as something of a surprise! This man was present at the birth of reggae and has been the perfect godfather to it ever since.

Producing records for the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers and Junior Byles and the Heptones, Lee Scratch Perry quickly established himself as one of the most important figures in reggae and dub history. He is known as an innovator and was one of the first artists to use a sample, of the musical variety, when he inserted the sound of a crying baby in People Funny Boy. Mr T has nothing on LSP, who can usually be found wearing enough bling to sink the QE2 over his trademark Jamaican tracksuit. You can expect to hear some fine beats from early dub, through to reggae and maybe some stuff from his recent album Back on the Controls, which he recorded with Daniel Boyle.

Be sure to wear your natty dreads, as much green gold and black as you can manage and don’t forget the bling. This is going to be a sweaty night of dancing with a true Jamaican hero.

Lee Scratch Perry comes to the Riverside, Newcastle on Friday 10th April.

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