Saturday 1 March 2014
@ District, Liverpool
Oyé Touring and Trading are excited to be presenting two pioneers of dancehall and true superstars of reggae – Yellowman and Dillinger – performing together for the first time in Liverpool as part of their UK tour. With combined careers spanning nearly 75 years, this reggae doubleheader is sure to excite audiences across the country.
Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. Brought up in an orphanage, an albino in Jamaica, any sort of stardom as a professional musician was going to come from a dogged, talented persistence. He overcame these obstacles and went on to be, at one time, the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley. Yellowman was the Biggie of his era: a man who fit none of the usual images of a swaggering pop phenomenon. This gave him instant novelty appeal, but it was his immense natural skill that actually put him over the top. An early review of his music stated that Yellowman’s voice was ‘like watching Michael Jordan play basketball’, such is his mastery. Artists such as Biggie, Tupac and KRS-One have sampled ‘Zungguzungguguzungguzeng’ over the years.
He is joined by the hard hitting Dillinger. Dillinger was part of the second wave of DJ Toasters who sprung up around Jamaica during the mid 1970s. Inspired by Big Youth, U Roy, and Dennis Alcapone, Dillinger was known for his quick wit and humorous lyrics. Growing up in Kingston, Dillinger would hang around Dennis Alcapone’s El Paso Setup. This exposure would eventually lead to a full time gig at Jackie’s sound system. Just as Alcapone took his performing name from a famous American gangster, Dillinger took his own name from John Dillinger. The song “Cocaine In My Brain” is considered an all-time reggae classic.
Tickets: Available from skiddle.com and seetickets.com or at Dr Herman’s, Bold Street