A London Borough of Culture special! Featuring Leytonstone local – and legend Adrian Sherwood, as he brings along one of the most important names in Reggae, with Massive Attack vocalist and reggae superstar Horace Andy.
Reggae legend and Massive Attack vocalist, Horace Andy’s incredibly distinctive voice echo out across the courtyard venue was surreal, after listening to recordings of the reggae and trip hop artist for so many hears. Andy has been performing for over 40 years now, and his back catalogue of hits and collaborations with huge artists such as Massive Mttack guarantees a great show.
He opened with his famous cover of Ain’t No Sunshine, blew the audience away, and didn’t stop there. Everyone was mesmerised, singing along, swaying to the reggae beats, and embracing the atmosphere. It’s rare to be in such close proximity with so much talent, and I was stunned from start to finish. He sang his way through Serious Times, as well as revisiting some of his much older hits. Andy’s interaction with the audience was really touching and personal. He encouraged everyone to join in with certain songs, and was great and making the crowd laugh. He also played an unreleased electronic song that he had been working on, which was awesome to hear before it was even released. He’s such a legend and I’d definitely see him again with the chance.
Sherwood has worked extensively with a variety of reggae artists as well as the musicians Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald. Sherwood has remixed tracks by Coldcut, Depeche Mode, The Woodentops, Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sinéad O’Connor, and Skinny Puppy. Within his role as a record producer, he has worked with a variety of record labels, however his most well-known label is On-U Sound Records, which he founded in 1979. Sherwood has been a member of the band Tackhead. As someone who considers himself tone deaf, the producer focuses on making sounds and noises rather than melody.