Lee Scratch Perry
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 popularisation 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.