28 Days of Reggae – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

The original and only upsetter, Rainford aka Lee Perry is a dub pioneer.

After starting his own label, Upsetter, he released his first major single – one of the first reggae diss tracks – People Funny Boy that sold almost 100K copies island-wide. To date, he has over 4 dozen albums under his funky-coloured belt.

Perry is like the Adam Ant of dub with his eccentric and eclectically visual style, and consistent and conscious contributions to reggae music. Finding autonomy a key ingredient to his musical canvas, the innovator built The Black Ark, his own indie studio that gave him the creative leeway to produce new sounds for the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Heptones, and the late Junior Murvin with whom he co-wrote the top track, Police and Thieves.

Having recently performed at 2013’s Coachella music festival, these days, the Grammy-award winner can be found on the road with his Red Bull Music Academy which is being held this year in Tokyo.


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