1 RUPIE ED­WARDS IRE FEEL­INGS (SKANGA)

Mojo (UK) - - What Goes On! -

(Cac­tus 45, 1974)

“I re­mem­ber ex­actly where I was when I heard this. I’d just fin­ished a game of foot­ball on a Sun­day and we’d gone to this pa­per shop on Con­is­ton Av­enue in Lit­tle Hul­ton to buy a Jub­bly ice drink. All my mates were buzzing about and this came on. I was just as­tounded. I was fa­mil­iar with reg­gae mu­sic but I didn’t know what this was. It’s like Ja­maican space mu­sic for The Clangers, def­i­nitely funky, and mys­ti­cal, like an in­can­ta­tion sung in a made-up lan­guage. I also thought he was tak­ing the piss a bit. It made me un­der­stand what reg­gae mu­si­cians were reach­ing for, while be­ing rhyth­mic, melodic and dance­able. I was brought up on a very white coun­cil es­tate and was very aware of racism, but what im­pacted on me was black mu­sic. Rupie trusted this lit­tle white boy in Lit­tle Hul­ton to get it, and I did.”

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