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Mad Professor and Ariwa Sounds Labelmates to Host Dub Reggae Show and Art Exhibition

One of the leading producers in dub reggae, Mad Professor, is to host a celebratory music showcase and life-spanning art exhibition.



Mad Professor
Mad Professor

One of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation, Mad Professor, is to host a one-off celebratory music showcase and life-spanning art exhibition calling attention to his storied career. The show will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Get your tickets HERE! A disciple of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and with production credits as wide-ranging as Massive Attack, Sade and the Orb, as well as reggae legends Jah Shaka, Horace Andy, Macka B and U-Roy, the show will demonstrate Mad Professor’s unique live dub mixing prowess as well as invite resident artists of his label Ariwa Sounds to the stage.

Spotlighting the best in reggae, joining the jam will be inspirational award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Sandra Cross and her choir, along with emerging artists such as reggae-rooted R&B singer-songwriter Abel Miller, reggae empress Askala Selassie and neo-UK reggae artist I Jah. Supporting the impressive roster of artists will be live band The Robotics, known for accompanying Mad Professor, U-Roy and many more. One of the UK’s best-known and most loved sound systems, Channel One, will also turn out to play their signature selection of conscious reggae, exclusive dubplates and uplifting steppas.

Commenting on the upcoming live show, Mad Professor said:

“I am so honoured to be representing Croydon as London’s Borough of Culture with this show. Let’s dub!”

Celebrating Croydon as London’s Borough of Culture, gig-goers will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a mini exhibition chronicling the rich career of the reggae maestro and Ariwa Sounds through original artwork and cover art illustrations over the decades. Displaying many of the artist’s iconic series from Dub Me Crazy to Black Liberation, the exhibition will be a journeyed illustration of Mad Professor’s ever-evolving approach to the dub, lovers rock and roots reggae genres.

Commenting on the upcoming spectacle, Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said:

“London’s grassroots music scene and artistic talent are the envy of the world and have produced great music that is enjoyed and celebrated by people across the world.”

Lover of all things music, Vanessa De La Rosa has been involved in the music scene most of her life in different capacities. All genres welcome, she is a past master in the art of "nerding-out" with music, and is excited to explore that passion by sharing the stories of artists everywhere. Fan of: Festivals, gear, music production, all genres, supporting artists, concerts, and merch!