SOUL 45 have secured the inspirational and legendary Don Letts for a night of funk, soul, dub, reggae, and much much more down at The Cellar.
Film director, rasta-punk, musician and DJ – Don Letts has played many parts in UK music history. Initially a fashionista trend setter at his boutique store Acme Attractions, Don become a pillar of the burgeoning London punk reggae scene, counting the likes of Blondie, The Clash, Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols amougst his friends and customers. His big break came after he released the documentary “The Punk Rock Movie“, which led to a continuing career in music-themed film. Don Letts is credited with bringing dub and reggae to the London punk Mecca that was The Roxy in the 1970s, influencing bands like The Clash who went on to immortalise Don on the cover of their 1980 EP, Black Market Clash.
Don hosts a ‘culture clash’ show on BBC Radio 6 Music (Sunday nights at midnight) and his selections cross time, space and genre. At the time of writing, his most recent show features Omar Souleyman, Horace Andy, The Octopus Project, Disclosure, Mala, Sly & The Family Stone, and Vampire Weekend … quite a mixed batch!
Here’s a quote from Don and a mix that he recorded in the buildup to Notting Hill Carnival:
“I’ve been going to the Notting Hill Carnival for nearly four decades. In that time I’ve heard the soundtrack change from calypso n’ soca to today’s multi-genre event via the Jamaican sound-systems that culturally hijacked Carnival in the mid-seventies. That’s where I came in, drawn by the bass.”
3FilmGroup released a documentary on Don Letts earlier in the year. It digs deep into his past, exploring family connections and his legacy.
Hosting the downstairs bar will be the Soul Casserole DJs, Brighton’s finest funk & Soul revue. DJs Evil Broke Elvis, Dustee Du and Alkie Tuner will be spinning a wide selection, spanning ska, jazz, reggae, blues, hip-hop, dub, R&B, and soul.
Support will come from vinyl and soundsytem junkies, Headsessions. Expect an energetic set from the crew, comprised of Dubl-U and Hack-it Dubs with Rasta Dan on the mic.
Naturally, the SOUL 45 DJs will also be spinning at 45 rpm throughout the evening. You can find out more about SOUL 45 through their website or via Facebook and Twitter. They’ve also got a group on Facebook.
Photo credit: Nick Caro.