Preview: Dub Me Always presents Kalbata + UK Screening of ‘Congo Beat The Drum’

When: Wednesday 13th May, 6.30-midnight
Where: The Ritzy, Brixton
Tickets: Free

Tonight, Dub Me Always presents to us an intriguing night of music and film, showcasing the work of Tel-Aviv producer and cinematographer Kalbata, plus a host of up-and-coming dub talent for the after-party.

The documentary, Congo Beats The Drum, follows the producers Kalbata (Ariel Tagar) and Mixmonster (Uri Wertheim) as they travelled to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae artists from the past. Starting in their basement studio in Tel Aviv, all the way to the Kingston ghettos, the documentary portrays their unique musical journey into the forgotten corners of reggae of the seventies and eighties, and a rare glimpse into the smoky, dusty world of Rub-a-Dub and its past champions.

The screening takes place at 6.30pm and features many veteran stars of the foundation dancehall era, such as Jah Thomas, Mutabaruka, Little John, Echo Minott, Puddy Roots, Prince Jazzbo, Trinity and Major Mackerel. The film’s director, and co-producer of the music, Ariel ‘Kalbata’ Tagar, will be on hand for a live Q&A just after the film. The brilliant producer has issued material on Soul Jazz and Brownswood, has remixed for Fat Freddy’s Drop and Roll Deep, and collaborated with Warrior Queen, among many others.

Following the screening  Kalbata will be taking to the decks to play sweet reggae music, original vinyl style, with Dub Me Always resident, David Katz. Plus special guest selectors, Ras Kouske and Ras Issy a.k.a Akira Ras Issy Ishikawa of Jah Creation sound system in Japan. Expect deep roots, foundation dancehall, and previously unheard exclusive material, straight from Kalbata’s master tapes.

It’s going to be an amazing evening of film and music, definitely don’t miss! FB event here for more info.

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