The Positive Vibration crew bring another night of reggae talent to District and Getintothis’ Mark Holt was there to soak it all up.
Setting the early evening vibes was the superb Oxman.
Eddie Oxman is an institution in the London reggae revive scene. Perhaps most well-known internationally for his work with the renowned Dub Vendor and Soul Jazz crews, Oxman has a long and deep history, from running his own sound, producing, record collecting, to hosting dances.
Whether selecting or on the mic, he is one of the best in the game and he was most definitely on form on the night. His selections at the end of his introductory set was the perfect counter point to the first set of Kiko Bun and The Uppercut Band.
Kiko Bun is a half Panamanian, half Italian Reggae Musician that was born and raised in North West London. His musical style in his own words are ‘rugged, neat, bold’ and ‘the kind of music you put on while getting ready to go out’.
Kiko’s music is joyful, fun and reminiscent of the epoch of Reggae in the 70’s. Combined with the musical prowess of the members of the Uppercut Band it put big smiles on the vast majority of the audiences faces and gave fore warning of what was to come later in the night.
In the meantime we were treated to another half an hours musical goodness from Oxman’s 7” record collection and a touch of fine MCship from another of London’s great talents Magoo.
Then it was time for the main event, a live rendition of the 1981 seminal Dub Reggae album Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires.
The Upper Cut band and Kiko provide the live music and Scientist mixes it live in real time on his custom mixing desk.
From the opening bars of The Voodoo Curse right through to the final chords of Ghost Of Frankenstein the whole room was completely transfixed. This was as professional and refined as Reggae music gets and every member of the performing group gave the performance of a life time and the crowd knew it.
The guys at Positive Vibration will have to pull something special out of the bag to top tonight’s entertainment, but if anyone can do it then rest assured the Positive Vibrations team are the men for the job.
We look forward to their next event with Daddy G from Massive Attack, Count Skylarkin and Solo Banton on November 16.