Lee “Scratch” Perry closes the list of music stars for East of Culture – Different Sounds 2019

This year’s main line-up closes with an artist who is known as a living legend, a one-man institution and one of the key creators of worldwide reggae. The upcoming edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds will be graced by the presence of none other than Lee “Scratch” Perry, who will arrive accompanied by the band E.R.M – Easy Riddim Maker.

Born in Jamaica, Rainford Hugh Perry, today widely known as Lee “Scratch” Perry, has been fundamental for the development and popularization of such genres as reggae and dub, and, further down the line also dancehall, hip-hop, ska or even avant-garde electronic music. The artist, in the same league as such legends as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh or King Tubby, has left his mark on a major part of 20th century music. Currently, having switched Jamaica for Switzerland, he is still active, recording albums, creating new collaborations and continuously giving concerts.

The beginnings of Lee Perry’s activity are, essentially, the beginnings of the entire phenomenon nowadays known as Jamaican music. As early as the 1960s, the artist was a successful producer in the legendary Studio One, witnessing the first achievements of Marley and the emerging group The Wailers. The next step forward was the establishment of his own label Upsetter Records followed by the ground-breaking Black Art Studio. In that period, Lee “Scratch” Perry grew into a great innovator and visionary, an expert on new sound. His explorations and creative experiments resulted in many classic albums and the birth of the entire phenomenon, now known as dub. He was one of the first to introduce remixes, add special effects to individual songs, play with sounds, creating new, alternative versions of existing songs. According to many later producers, at that time he was already ahead of his times.

Over the years, the musician worked practically with every big reggae name. Those were, among others, Bob Marley, Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, Augustus Pablo, and even Joe Strummer with The Clash, in the period when the British punk rockers experienced their fascination with Jamaican music. As far as younger representatives of the genre are concerned, Lee Perry keeps actively working, among others, with Mad Professor or Adrian Sherwood.

His visit in Lublin will undoubtedly be a big event for the fans, but it will also be a truly unique meeting with an icon who has permanently gone down in history and whose achievements are an endless source of inspiration for the next generations of bands, sound systems and music producers all over the world.

Lee “Scratch” Perry and the French band Easy Riddim Maker, consisting of Olivier Gangloff, Sébastien Kohler and Julien Vigier, will perform in Lublin on Friday, 28 June in Błonia near the Castle. Admission, just like to all events at East of Culture – Different Sounds, is free.

This year’s edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds takes place between 27-30 June 2019. Once again, music will become an inspiration and a point of departure for a free exchange of ideas, discussions on the dynamically changing world and a search for what is shared in it, perceptually sensed at the level of natural human sensitivity. Different Sounds is a meeting of different genres, styles and harmonies that come together in the universal need for self-expression. It is here at Different Sounds that world-class stars of alternative music share the stage with rising stars from the east, and the masters and pioneers of genres vital to the development of music meet pioneers of new niches and seekers of original sounds. All this shapes the unique character of the event and its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. More announcements of the many artists to appear in Lublin at the end of June are coming soon.

East of Culture is a project carried out by the National Centre of Culture with the financial support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, in cooperation with the local governments of Rzeszów, Lublin and Białystok. The aim of the project is to integrate creative groups from Poland and countries of the Eastern Partnership countries.

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