Since its humble origins in the 1960s, reggae has grown beyond its Jamaican roots to become a worldwide musical phenomenon. In England, perhaps due to its historical links to Jamaica, reggae in all its forms has always been extremely popular, and many British reggae acts have gone on to worldwide fame.
The advent of dancehall (a stripped-down genre heavily influenced by hip-hop) enabled reggae to maintain a presence in the pop world. Over the past 15 years, in England especially, numerous underground sub-genres influenced by dancehall have formed, incorporating elements of psychedelic dub, dance club electronica and even industrial, experimental noise-based music.
Although under the radar for many listeners and certainly sounding nothing like classic roots reggae, the London-based club styles of dubstep, nu-dancehall, ragga and of course drum and bass are very influential, and all owe a big debt to Jamaica.
All this can be discerned live on stage on Friday in Tel Aviv, at a performance by The Bug and Warrior Queen.
The Bug is an ongoing project of Kevin Martin, who released his first album under that name back in 1997. He went on to become a respected producer and promoter, and in the London club scene is noted for mixing dancehall and dub with more progressive, adventurous influences. He is also noted for producing tracks for vocalists and started a record label called Lady Bug devoted to female MCs and singers.
Jamaica native Warrior Queen is an upcoming force in the dancehall world. She has been based in London since 2001, and is now known as "The Queen of Dub-Step." Known for her rapid-fire delivery over complex beats, she has released numerous 7" singles in the UK, and her debut full-length recording, produced by The Bug, is due out later this year on the Ninja Tune label.
The concert is organized by Tabac (the Tel Aviv Bass Consortium) - a group of DJs and producers, several of whom will spin before the main concert.
Friday, October 12, Comfort 13, Tel Aviv, 13 Comfort St. Doors open at 11 p.m.; tickets cost NIS 80. For more information, call 054-430-2959.