Band on the Wall 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter M4 5JZ Manchester, UKVenue info and map
Doors open: 20:30
Tour name: Dillinger & Yellowman with The Sagittarius Band + DJ Mikey Don
Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. Brought up in an orphanage, an albino in Jamaica, any sort of stardom as a professional musician was going to come from a dogged, talented persistence. He overcame these obstacles and went on to be, at one time, the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley. Yellowman was the Biggie of his era: a gun-toting cocksman in a wide-brimmed hat who fit none of the usual images of a swaggering pop phenomenon. This gave him instant novelty appeal, but it was his immense natural skill that actually put him over the top. An early review of his music stated that Yellowman’s voice was ‘like watching Michael Jordan play basketball’, such is his mastery. Artists such as Biggie, Tupac and KRS-One have sampled ‘Zungguzungguguzungguzeng’ over the years. His influence on the world of hip-hop is not to be underestimated.
He is joined by the hard hitting (and often controversial) Dillinger. Dillinger was part of the second wave of DJ Toasters who sprung up around Jamaica during the mid 1970s. Inspired by Big Youth, U Roy, and Dennis Alcapone, Dillinger was known for his quick wit and humorous lyrics. Growing up in Kingston, Dillinger would hang around Dennis Alcapone’s El Paso Setup. This exposure would eventually lead to a full time gig at Jackie’s sound system. Just as Alcapone took his performing name from a famous American gangster, Dillinger took his own name from John Dillinger. The song “Cocaine In My Brain” is considered an all-time reggae classic.
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