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A Mouse At The BBC

Eek-A-Mouse, born Ripton Joseph Hylton, is one of the early artists to be described as a “singjay”.   His brilliant work with producer Scientist in the 1980s is nothing if not wholly original.  He has a career spanning more than 30 years, and continues to tour the world, where is singjay style, unmistakeable voice, and on-stage charisma is unparalleled in the reggae genre.

Eek-A-Mouse begins his music career in college, releasing two roots reggae singles under his own name.  Both tracks are produced by his mathematics tutor. These early works were influenced by the music of Pablo Moses.  He is an instant smash amidst the booming sound system scene of the early 1980s.

He begins recording for Joe Gibbs in 1979, having a hit straight away with “Once a Virgin”, now showing the influence of Ranking Joe.  This is soon followed with “Wa-Do-Dem” (produced by Douglas Boothe) and “Modelling Queen,” which begins an association with Linval Thompson who produces his debut Bubble Up Yu Hip album.

In 1981, he is the star of the Reggae Sunsplash Festival.  His new association with producer “Junjo” Lawes results in a string of successful singles and albums, and in 1982 his hits include “Wild Like a Tiger”, “For Hire and Removal”, “Do You Remember”, and “Ganja Smuggling.” The same year he releases his second album, Wa Do Dem.

He signs with Island in 1989 and releases U-Neek, an album which hints at a more the rock-oriented style to appeal to a larger global audience.  The album includes a cover version of Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Mak’er.”

He continues to tour and is particularly popular among college students and festival-goers.  He often appears on the albums of other artists due to his unmistakeable voice and singjay cadence because, quite simply, nobody can do what he does.  Most recently, he appears on P.O.D.’s album Satellite, and on Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock.

Included here is Eek-A-Mouse’s BBC Session that was originally broadcast on June 16, 1984. Recorded in Maida Vale Studio 5, the mouse rips up these 4 tracks for a tight little set.  If you’ve never experienced Mouse live, you better sit down and strap in!


1. Elizabeth
2. Safari
3. The Mouse And The Man
4. Triple Love

Eek A Mouse : Vocals
with Jah Mullah:
Noel Alphonso: Drums
Ronald Morris: Bass Guitar
Michael Ranglin: Keyboards
Ronald Butler: Lead Guitar
Cleon Douglas: Rhythm Guitar
Clifton Carnegie: Percussion

Produced by Dale Griffin
Engineer: Martin Colley


Eek-A-Mouse at Lion & Fox Stusios, DC w/ Jim Fox (l) and Doctor Dread (r), 1985

Eek-A-Mouse at Lion & Fox Stusios, DC w/ Jim Fox (l) and Doctor Dread (r), 1985

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Live Event Photos : Jo Corbeau , Sista Lovin, Groovators, Paul Morgan & Messengers, Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne

happy sunday dear readers,

i was invited last night at a nice reggae festival held in south east of France,
in a little town named Aubagne.

The performers, band were : Jo Corbeau as MC, Sista Lovin, Groovators, Paul Morgan & Messengers

Note for the global knowledge that Jo Corbeau was one of the very first reggae artists in France in the 80’s , he helped reggae culture and music to grow up here .

Here for you photos of this event :

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau & Paul Morgan & Messengers , Soundcheck , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau & Paul Morgan & Messengers , Soundcheck , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Sista Lovin , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Groovators , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers  ,  Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Paul Morgan & Messengers , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne - Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Jo Corbeau , Live Free Reggae Festival , Aubagne – Photo : Fred reGGaeLover 2014

To discover those artists and bands :

Groovators Official Website

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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

20TH CENTURY DEBWISE – DEB Music Players

Produced by Dennis Brown and mixed by a young Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s studio in 1977, 20th CENTURY DEBWISE, featuring Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s Music Players, is an unparalleled adventure in dub and an interesting look at Prince Jammy’s emerging talent and style.  An astonishing listen…

You may notice the opening dub version as I did a post about this crucial Dennis Brown tune last week…“3 Meals A Day.”

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Sylvan White “Africans Unite” w/version

The criminally neglected roots singer Sylvan White, who recorded a number of singles in the late ’70s and early ’80s for the Freedom Sound and Cornerstone labels, is bittersweet to listen to.  Sweet because the songs are so consistently good, and bitter because White recorded so little and so little of what he did record is commercially available. The rhythm track here is provided by the Soul Syndicate and mixed at King Tubby’s studio.  White’s voice and his emotional delivery are flawless.  This tune is top ranking.

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Yabby You & King Tubby “Jah Mercies” (1982)

From the ultra-obscure ‘Time To Remember’ album, released on the Prophet Records label in 1982, we have a sound called “Jah Mercies.”  The tune is a remixed version of Yabby You’s “Jah Over I” from the Prophecy album.


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EXCLUSIVE! Subatomic Sound System Live w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry!

FROM THE SUMMER TOUR 2013

Big up emch of Subatomic Sound System for always supporting roots foundation music.  On tour with Lee “Scratch” Perry for the past 2 years, I met emch here in DC when they came to town last year.  He has been a big supporter of MR and we are big supporters of what he is doing, making amazing and unique music and remixing classic foundation tunes with a futuristic dubstep vibe.

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ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

MIDNITE ‘UNPOLISHED’

Upon it’s second release in 2001 on the Rastafaria label (it was originally released in Namibia, Africa in December 1997), reggae critics and album reviewers the world over recognized this album as one of the best reggae albums ever made.  The popular and credible Reggae Reviews web site in giving it “5 heads” said this of Unpolished:

“Midnite’s first 3 albums form a triumvirate as impressive as any trio of albums in the history of reggae, and the group has single-handedly set a bold new standard for modern roots.”

The debut album, recorded at East Coast Flava in Washington, DC on a 2-track recorder and using no mixer, equalization, overdubs, effects (the drums weren’t even mic’d!), is a stunning display of roots and culture inna whole new style.

Worlds Music called it “quite possibly the greatest reggae album ever recorded.”  Like most, my introduction to Midnite’s sound came through ‘Rule The Time’ their first wide release in 2000.  While I liked it very much, I did start to think of it as contrived, even a novelty, after listening for a while.  13 years later, and with a much better ear for what is good reggae music, I now appreciate these reviews and I have come to the conclusion that while Unpolished is not the greatest reggae album ever made, it is probably the best roots reggae album in 15 years.  Hear for yourself…

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BoJangles/Mighty Two “Prophesy Reveal”/”Fullfillment” (Errol T) 1977

1977, the that the two sevens clash.  This rare 7″ contains the DJ version to Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash,” a reference to the prophecies of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  On the flip side is the phenomenal version titled “Fulfillment,” produced by the Mighty Two, Joel Gibson (AKA Joe Gibbs) and Errol Thompson.  The wicked 7″ is pressed to the Errol T label.

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Garth Dennis “Slow Coach” / “Slow Coach Rock” 7-inch Vinyl

Here I present to you one of the great voices of reggae, and a dear friend to this blog.  Garth Dennis’ “Slow Coach”/”Slow Coach Rock,” on which Dennis is backed by The Wailers Band, was first released on the Andy’s label, probably in 1974.  If you’ve never heard this tune, you’re in for a real treat.  If you’re familiar with it, sit back and enjoy it one more time.  It is spectacular.

Long live Brother Garthie!

“Slow Coach”

“Slow Coach Rock”