Global Beats presents: Ska & Reggae Fest - Terry Hall // Don Letts // Samsara Collective // FreeDub Press, Caribbean food by IRMA’S KITCHEN
TERRY HALL was the lead singer of The Specials, the Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, Terry, Blair and Anouchka and Vegas. He released his first solo album, Home, in 1995. He has also worked with The Lightning Seeds, Stephen Duffy, Dub Pistols, Gorillaz and Tricky.
DON LETTS came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club 'The Roxy' in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film 'The Punk Rock Movie'. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney.
SAMSARA COLLECTIVE As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. The result is a fresh and hook-laden take on the style, morphing the reggae sound into something wholly new and exciting, and has been described as “a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound”.
THE FREEDUB PRESS Hailing from Brighton are The FreeDub Press. A six-piece outfit that create fuse dub, reggae, ska and hip-hop with punk inspired lyricism that doesn’t sit on the fence. Chris William’s soaring lead vocal creates a wave of melody that bounces off the contrast of Dean Ormsby’s gritty rhymes that explore serious issues and connect with audiences of all backgrounds. The lead vocal duo are backed by solid, pumping beats, groove heavy bass lines, bubbling keys and melodic sax which all blend together to create a truly unique sound.