Mad Professor & U-Roy

On the content of his character, and by the results of his recordings, he is one of the sanest record producers. The name Mad Professor was first given by friends at school, who were amazed by the experiments he carried out as a youth, for example he built a radio and telephone system at the age of 10 years.

The early Eighties, having built his own mixing desk, had launched Mad Professor, along with the Ariwa Studio, label from his front room in Thornton Heath. His genius and love for all sorts of music propelled him forward. Dub Me Crazy, the first in a 12 part series of albums, was to become his beacon for the label. With an episode being issued every year, the titles all told a different story. The distinct variation and surprising sound effects were unique for this time. By the mid Eighties, the label attracted many artists, grew and moved from its launch base of Peckham to Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood where it is still located.

By the mid Nineties, Mad Professor’s profile increased to legendary status after remixing Massive Attack’s second album, Protection; No Protection. Early Nineties he had already over a 100 album releases, tours all over the world and collaborations with many world famous stars (Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, Beastie Boys, Lee Perry etc.). By the end of the Nineties, Mad Professor’s Ariwa label gained international notoriety in many territories throughout the world. Mainly known for its dub, roots and techno / drum and bass catalogue. In the new millennium, Ariwa, with over 200 issued albums, builds their own soundsystem, with which they tour the world`s clubs and festivals.

Mad Professor is coming to 16th Seasplash with the legendary Jamican vocalist U-Roy. His musical career began in 1961 when he started deejaying at various sound systems, including King Tubby, at Duke Reid’s Sound System. His first single was “Earth’s Rightful Ruler”, recorded with Peter Tosh for Lee Perry. Later he recorded “Dynamic Fashion Way”, his first successful recording in 1969 for Keith Hudson.

After that, he worked with almost every producer on the island: Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Bunny Lee, Phil Pratt, Sonia Pottinger, Rupie Edwards, Alvin Ranglin and Lloyd Daley. U-Roy is also famous because of his new vocal style known as “toasting”, rapping over “versions” of popular songs remixed by dub music pioneers. This style of music has now influenced the very popular American hip-hop movement. Modern artists have made great songs with the style of toasting.