On Wednesday, 14 January, Dub Me Always is pleased to welcome guest selector and MC, Lezlee Lyrix, alongside the night's regular host, David Katz, playing roots reggae and foundation dancehall, original vinyl style.
Born in southeast London to Jamaican parents, Dr William 'Lez' Henry is an author, social anthropologist, and community engagement specialist that currently lectures in criminology at the University of West London's Ealing Law School. He is also a longstanding veteran of sound system culture: under the name Leslie Lyrics, he began chatting on the legendary Saxon sound in 1982, and subsequently became the primary deejay on Ghetto Tone, the south London sound system that had a weekly residency on Railton Road during the 1980s. After appearing on the 1983 LPs Live At DSYC PT 2 & 3, his 'Put Back Your Truncheon' was issued on Greensleeves' UK Bubblers subsidiary in 1985, the same year he voiced material for King Jammy and Junior Reid in Jamaica. And in addition to running his own Ghetto Tone label, he went on to cut dancehall and jungle material for labels such as Music Of Life and MCS, and enjoyed successful live performances in Europe, the USA, Jamaica, and Grenada.
Dr Lez has contributed to numerous books exploring aspects of the British sound system experience and black British identity, including Jesus Dub: Theology, Music and Social Change; Caribbean Narratives of Belonging: Fields Of Relations, Sites of Identity; his own What The Deejay Said: A Critique From The Street; and the forthcoming Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus' in Post-War Britain; his 2010 film Resisting The System: Reggae in the 21st Century features artists such as Junior Kelly, Turbulence, Papa Levi and Sister Audrey.
Expect roots reggae and foundation dancehall on the night, with conscious and politically-relevant lyrics, delivered live and direct on the mike.
Wednesday 14 January, 8pm-midnight, free entry
Upstairs at the Ritzy
Brixton, London SW2 1JG
0871 704 2065