Preview: Mad Professor at the Jazz Cafe

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Preview: Mad Professor at the Jazz Cafe

One of the many reasons why we love Camden's Jazz Cafe so much is its eclectic taste in music. Home not only to jazz, their offerings also include some of the best in hip hop and reggae, with legends passing across their stage on a daily basis. Tonight reggae rhythms take over their sound system as the Mad Professor's Dub Show rushes in to bop heads about. Susan Cadogan, a frequent collaborator with the Professor and lover's rock star in her own right, will add her vocals to the mix.

Most people will know the Mad Professor from his famous remix of Massive Attack's "Protection" album, ominously entitled "No Protection", but that record is only one entry in a large backcatalogue of innovative sounds. He moved from Guyana to London as a young boy and has been interested in electronics his entire life. In the late 70s, when he began recording bands and making jams of his own, he gave synthesizers a prominant place in his music. What might have started out as his own musical obsession soon turned into a phenomenon, as electronic instruments quickly caught on in a big way throughout the reggae world. Today fans of the genre credit this brilliant madman for helping to revolutionise the sound into dancehall, trip hop, jungle and all the millions of other directions it splintered into.

The diversity of his sound should provide a little something for everyone that fancies a relaxed beat. With so many fantastic gigs happening on work nights, it would be a big mistake to miss out on a Saturday night this hot. More details here

Ian Harris

Last Updated 27 September 2008