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Lee „Scratch” Perry & Pura Vida 80th Birthday Show (Jamaica / Belgium)

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It will be a special show! One of the most important figures in the history of reggae - a magician, eccentric musical genius, Bob Marley’s teacher, invites to his 80th birthday. He will perform with by the main power of roots reggae from Belgium, connected with the master Lee in a unique way.

Lee "Scratch" Perry was born in 1936 in Jamaica. He tried his hand as both a performer and a producer. He raised two generations of musicians with the most prominent student - Bob Marley. Lee Perry (also known as "Scratch", "Pipecock Jackson," "The Gong", "The Upsetter") began his career selling records. Later he took a job of the arranger and A&R in Studio One. In 1968 he began working for Joe Gibbs, starting his Upsetter label. In 1969 "Return of Django" single recorded by his band The Upsetters got high in the UK charts. It helped Perry built his own Black Ark studio, where using 4-track tape recorder he recorded the most avant-garde reggae records of 70’s. Under his supervision ones like The Wailers, The Heptones, Augustus Pablo, Junior Murvin and Max Romeo gained their experience. Perry cooperation with the punk rock band The Clash and produced the single "Complete Control". In 1978 he recorded "Punky Reggae Party" with Bob Marley. In the 80's Lee began working with British producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor. In 2002 he received Grammy Award for "Jamaican E.T.". You can hear him in Yello’s With Dieter Meier album "Technomajikal." He also recorded with Bill Laswell and The Orb. In 2004 he was on the list of the 100 greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone. He was nominated for a Grammy again in 2016 for "Back on the Controls."

Lee "Scratch" Perry currently lives in Switzerland and in spite of the age he continues recording and touring for his loving audience.

Pura Vida is an excellent Belgian band in love with vintage roots reggae, dub, ska, blues and soul. Full brass section, percussion, trance, spirituality and natural analogue sound space are their trademarks. Pura Vida refers to the greatest achievements of the "golden roots era" in the 70s in Jamaica. Belgian counterpart studio to Black Ark of Lee Perry is called the Lost Ark Studio. There, in 2006, a concept of the band was born in the head of the vocalist and multi instrumentalist & producer, Bregt "Puraman" de Boever. 2008 saw them winning of the European Reggae Contest Benelux. They recorded and performed with legends like The Congos, Jah9, Sylford Walker, Horsemouth, Leroy Sibblis, Earl Chinna Smith and others. Last year Pura Vida released a highly rated album with Lee Scratch Perry "The Superape Strikes Again" and since then they are often on stage with him.

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