Natty’s Vibes and Pressure imprint deals in positive and quality reggae, and the crowd behind the label are set to bring this ethos to Brixton Jamm on September 2nd with a special reggae roast. Hosted out on the terrace from 7pm, the party will see some sterling live acts and DJs playing the finest roots reggae, with headliner Max Romeo bringing a full 8 piece band as accompaniment.
With classics like Chase the Devil and War ina Babylon to his name, Max Romeo is one of Jamaica’s most influential sons. Supported by his longtime collaborators the Charmax band, Romeo will play from a back catalogue including pieces written alongside the likes of Keith Richards, Jah Shaka and Lee Scratch Perry. One of reggae’s old guard, he has proven a pioneering figure in the roots scene.
Newer on the block, the highly-talented Jamaican singer songwriter Randy Valentine will offer some of the tracks that have made his rise so rapid over the last few years, with his thoughtful reggae and hip hop combination skillfully framing his considerable vocal talents. Two more artists for the future, Subajah and JJ Soulx, will also be playing live, with mixed tunes provided by DJs like Jay Youth - Roots Ambassador, Rockers International, Reggae Roast and more. Of the previous names, roots and dub pioneer Jah Youth is the obvious one to watch, but the likes of Reggae Roast - one of the UKs’ favourite sound systems - will show that they deserve to share the stage with some of the genre’s biggest names.
Vegan food stalls and Nyabinghi drumming will be present in addition to the live shows and DJ sets, so this one should be an essential note in the diaries of London’s reggae revellers.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Kavala Cosmopolos