On Saturday 21st April the D.D.C. @ The Fox features Tessa Bassie. She’ll be spinning 100% Roots and Culture Reggae, in a Soundsystem style. Tessa was the bassie throughout the career of The Slits, whose seminal 70s LP “The Cut” was produced by Dub-master Dennis Bovell. Tessa draws from a deep love of the music and selects from a great collection, amassed back in the day. Slits vocalist Ari Up lived for a long time in JA and sent back nuff Dubplate and ting and Tess will be drawing on these too…wow.
Warm up selection will come from the inimitable Dubplate Pearl. Pearl is a well respected fixture on the London reggae scene. You name a venue where memorable ravin’ happened and Pearl’s probably played there. She’s spun in combination with most selector’s you could mention too. Currently she’s probably best known for her highly convivial Camberwell Connection events. Pearl is a great friend of the D.D.C. and has been since its inception and is at the front ( natch ) in the Moa Anbessa snaps..
Another of our amigos, Ras Danny Mosiah, will also be putting the needle to the groove on the wheels of steel. Danny will need no introduction to regulars at The Deptford Dub Club, as he is a stalwart. He’s more widely know through his work with Jah Shaka, over many years. His sets are always wicked.
Resident Soft Wax will also spinning and there’ll be the usual live instrumental and vocal in puts on the mic.. Expect Tim Topcat on Sax and Wicked Will Roper on the Trumpet. Also live and direct will be our resident Singjay Setondji Spirit and Queenie. More talent “ than you could shake a stick at “, at the mighty Deptford Dub Club cos it’s our b.Day. Yes, come and help us celebrate The Deptford Dub Club’s 4th Birthday. . In keeping with the celebratory mode, there will be a wealth of the regular guest artists in attendance.
Best party frocks for this one then and don’t forget your dancing shoes, we expect a road block, so reach early.
In accordance with the venues weekend policy, this show will be free until 9 and entry will be £3 after.
NB: Anybody unfamiliar with Tessa’s massive contribution to bass heavy music should check out the sporadic career of the mighty Slits. Tessa was the bass player for Slits throughout their different manifestations. Including playing all over their awesome debut album, The Cut, which is probably a good starting point for exploring their oeuvre. But check their covers of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “ Man Who Lives Next Door” too. Not surprisingly this queen of avant bass has a phenomenal collection of reggae records that she’ll be selecting from on this one away night.