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Mad Professor meets Sir Coxsone Outernational

Positive Vibration @ District 20/9/19

When Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser, aka MAD PROFESSOR, and Lloyd Coxsone of SIR COXSONE OUTERNATIONAL are in town, you know the night is going to ascend into one of a loving aura.

Known for his music engineering and production, Mad Professor was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age with his 1982 LP Dub Me Crazy!! Lloyd himself is legendary. The man behind Sir Coxsone Outernational left Jamaica for the United Kingdom in the 1960s and dominated the 70s as a soundman and record producer. Indeed, his King Of The Dub Rock and King Of The Dub Rock Part 2 records are essential listening.

Upon entering District, Rory Taylor of Positive Vibrations is providing the noise; an eclectic collection of roots reggae seamlessly mixed together with care. With the atmosphere set, Sir Coxsone Outernational arrives in style, celebrating sound system culture with deep dub reggae from DJ Felix, Culture B, and Lloyd Coxsone himself.

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The energy is already electrifying, but Mad Professor takes it up a notch. Spinning every subgenre of reggae, from original roots to jungle to modern drum and bass, everyone is demanded to be present on the dancefloor, moving to every drum beat, bass line and horn. Molara Awen, ex-vocalist of dub ensemble Zion Train, adds further depth to the show and joins Mad Professor later in the evening to provide flawless vocals over his classic roots rhythms.

Between Sir Coxsone Outernational and Mad Professor, reggae history is being taught, with District being just one of many classrooms the pairing have delivered a hearty lesson. The progression the genre has undergone over the past 50 years can be heard bouncing between the walls – all recieved beautifully thanks to the technological mastery of the Professor’s onstage production. And to just to add that final zing of flavour, former Sir Coxsone Sound member Levi Roots, of Reggae Reggae Sauce fame, finds time to make a cameo front and centre.

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