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Daddy Uroy's sound formed in mid 70's, the name was an abbrevation of U-Roy's sons names and his own. St for Stewart, U-Roy and Gav from Gavin. Sturgav served as a deejay academy at which some of the best microphone talent of the era could hone their skills, and provided a platform for many DJs such as Charlie Chaplin, Brigadier Jerry and Josey Wales to take their style to the forefront of reggae music.
Under the leadership of renown reggae record producer Junjo Laws and selector Danny Dread, Volcano dominated the reggae dancehall scene in the mid 80's creating superstars such as Yellow man, Buro Banton, Co Co Tea, Ranking Toyin and many more.
Yellowman gained wide popularity in the dancehall reggae scene of the 1980s bringing a salacious, controversial element to his lyrics. This overtly sexual type of wordplay became known in the reggae music world as "slackness."
Brigadier Jerry emerged in the late 1970’s, and one of the most popular cultural DJ’s to regularly improvise over Stur Gav Hi Fi. Highly respected in Jamaica as a conscious DJ, Briggy was a sound system teacher, teaching Rasta culture. In the years to come, other DJ’s were to follow his example, but Brigadier Jerry remains the teacher.
U-Roy also known as The Originator is the godfather of toasting. The first to shake the nation and originated a style so distinctly unique that he single-handedly changed his homeland's music scene forever. Learning his skills with King Tubbys he later form his own sound the formidable Stur Gav Hi Fi.
Co Co Tea hails from the parish of Clarendon as one of the original dance hall singers who burst to fame in the mid 80's. He soon tuned into the Volcano sound system and earned the name sweet sweet co co tea.
Frankie Paul often referred to as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder and not just because of his visual impairment; he is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists in the 80's. So illusive and unique, there are always moments of worry in the dance when Frankie touches the mic.
Little John, claimed by many to be the first dancehall singer, has the ability to fit lyrics over any rhythm or backing track and became something of a legend in a business that has scant regard for second takes and “dropping in". Little John did it every time! And he rode on the crest of the 80’s dancehall music explosion, becoming a superstar by the age of 17. He began his career on Romantic Hi-Fi, moving up through Kilimanjaro, Gemini and Volcano Hi Power, where he honed and perfected his craft.
General Trees is widely regarded as the best Jamaican speed rapper of his era, the "fast style". His name was given to him by Barry G, who thought he sounded like "a General with three voices in one". Trees joined black Scorpio and was known as 'the younger horseman' and dressed as a jockey to perform. Tress is one of the anchor man of Stur Gav.
Little Twitch was influenced by U-Roy and started working with King Stur Gav. In the 70's, he learned at a early age to chant on the microphoneas but it wasn't until the mid 80's when his big break came with Jaro and later, Jammys. Today Little Twitch still stands as a firm dancehall artist performing again with Stur Gav.
Danny Dread is the toughest selector to hit the turn tables and started at the age of 18 working with studio 54, Stur mars, King Jammys but most famously with Volcano. Forever immortalised on plastic with the Barrington Levy's famous Volcano lyric, "pull up Danny Dreadyooooooooo!".
Fujiyama (Japanese) 5-7 Vining Street, SW9 8QA
Lovely little bench style restaurant near Brixton’s famous Dogstar.
The Craft Beer Co. (Bar) 11-13 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PA
2 minutes from the venue, The Craft Beer Co is tucked away off the main road near the Recreation Centre.
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