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Punky Reggae Party

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August 25, 2012
7:00 am

Heartical HiFi, New Dub City, Systa BB, Lotek, Phil MacDougall and friends unite punk and reggae late 70’s style at the Night Owl this Saturday.

During the late 70’s, punk met reggae as both black youths and disenfranchised punks questioned ethos and authority (as I personally hope people still do) through their music form. Bob Marley produced his album – Punky Reggae Party – with Lee Scratch Perry. This led the way for bands like The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers to join in on this fusion, commonly referred to today as Ska (this is debatable, but go argue about this on a forum somewhere). This accumulated at the Rock Against Racism, which unified 8000 activists.

This positive movement raised fundamental questions about racism, hierarchy, equality and human rights, and unified the common people. I encourage younger folk to look into this one, especially if you grew up during the late 80s/90s, as you may not be familiar with this type of music intimately. There’s not that much chance these days to catch gigs like this. Pop, indie rock and dance music may reign supreme, but the spirit of punk and reggae lives on within all our hearts. True hearts and souls remain intact despite adversity.

WHEN: Saturday, 25 August, 10pm till late
WHERE: The Night Owl, 33 Elizabeth Street (via Flinders Court), Melbourne
WEB: facebook.com/events/326412837452947/

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