Sly Dun­bar

REG­GAE’S DRUM KING

Mojo (UK) - - News -

What mu­sic are you cur­rently groov­ing to? To ev­ery­thing that sounds good, reg­gae, hip-hop, and I love dance­hall very much. And [Sly-star­ring] The Kingston All-Stars record, I love that – it has ‘Hux’ Brown, Jackie Jack­son, all these great mu­si­cians who have done so much for Ja­maican mu­sic.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite al­bum? Dou­ble Bar­rel [Dave And Ansel Collins], be­cause we made it to­gether [it was Sly’s first ap­pear­ance on vinyl]. Of mine, Rasta Fi­esta [from Sly Wicked And Slick, Taxi, 1979]. We were charg­ing up, we were ex­per­i­ment­ing, and it was an up­town kind of dub. I like the way it turned out.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Wow. I used to buy a lot, maybe it was Sly & The Fam­ily Stone. From some­where in Kingston, yeah.

Which mu­si­cian, other than yourhave self, you ever wanted to be? Ha ha! Maybe Jackie Mit­too, or Al Jack­son of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, or Earl Young of The Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional All Stars. There’s a lot I ad­mire, but I’m glad I’m me.

What do you sing in the shower?

I don’t sing mu­sic in the shower. I think there’s some kind of mu­sic in the shower any­way. But some­times I’m think­ing about putting beats to­gether, y’know?

What is your favourite Satur­day night record? Real Rock by Sound Di­men­sion is great. An­other one that’s good is Al­ton El­lis’s Laba Laba. And Jackie Mit­too’s Ram Jam. I used to go out a lot when I was younger, but now, I’ll be in the stu­dio work­ing, you know?

And your Sun­day morn­ing record?

I lis­ten to 105.FM in New York, a hiphop and R&B sta­tion. But ev­ery day is a work­ing day. I’m a bounty hunter, so I’ll be hunt­ing, all the time.

The Kingston All Stars’ Dub­wise is out now on Roots & Wire

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