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SEECO Speaks plus Kaya Tour Rehearsal Sessions, Miami 1978

I have re-upped the Kaya Tour Rehearsal Sessions, Miami 1978!  The original post featured this rare interview that Roger Steffens conducted with Alvin “Seeco” Patterson at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, 1991.

Long before The Wailers started recording, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson was one of the primary musical tutors for the vocal group, specializing in rhythm. Seeco, seeing that the trio could be molded into something great, brought the Wailers to the attention of Studio One owner Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. He even played congas for them as they auditioned for Coxsone, who eventually took them on as recording artists. He went on to become a roadie for The Wailers 1973/74 tours before becoming the longtime percussionist for The Wailers.  SEECO is sometimes credited as Francisco “Willie” Pep.

Prior to this, Patterson had a career in Jamaica’s “mento” music scene. In Stephen Davis’ biography, “Bob Marley“, it is revealed that Seeco, “played with Lord Flea and various mento-calypso combos”. Davis later describes the music Lord Flea played when Seeco was in the band as “mento jazz”.

The interview, conducted backstage in 1991 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, is a real rarity.  Roger tells me that this is the first time it is seeing the light of day.  In the interview, Seeco tells the story of bringing Marley to his first audition at Coxsone. It’s a little hard to penetrate fully, but I think you will enjoy the challenge.

I have also re-upped the EXODUS/KAYA SCRATCH VOCAL DEMOS !



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