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Ragga Twins / Jago / Deemas J / Dj Snuff at the Magic Garden
January 8, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - January 9, 2022 @ 2:00 am£7
Ragga Twins / Jago / Deemas J / Dj Snuff at the Magic Garden!
From 1982 to 1990 Flinty Badman & Deman Rockers could be found ripping up the reggae dancefloor on sound system from around the NE London area,but it was on Unity sound that they made their name,playing all over England.Early recordings on Unity label includes Iron Lady by Deman Rockers which was videod for a documentry about Margaret Thatcher aka The Iron Lady,he also recorded Ugly Gal & Chuck It featuring Jack Wilson,Flinty recorded track like Gunman,Stush & Mi lover Gone featuring Richie Davis… .. Between 1985 & 1990 Unity was the top sound in England,people all over the world still have Unity cassettes of various dances,sound systems came from Jamacia,where dancehall originated and found it very difficult to play against Unity because of the array of music and the style of lyrics and chatting that they would come up against,Deman Rockers & Flinty Badman were hailed kings of the dancehall in England… ..
In 1990 we stopped working on sound system & hooked up with SUAD(shut up and dance) two producers/rappers who was doing very well on the hardcore scene.They sample Deman’s voice of a Unity cassette to use in one of their single’s and approached deman to use it,he let them use it in return that they would record some vocals with us.When we went to see them to our suprise it was PJ who we went primary school with & Smiley who we knew through the sound system days.They wanted to mix the ragga with the hardcore,we recorded tracks like SPLIFFHEAD with the hook RAGGA TWINS DEH BOUT,HARD DRUGS,HOOLIGAN 69,ILLEGAL GUNSHOT,JUGGLING & thats when Ragga Twins was born & that is the beginning of what we call JUNGLE/DRUMnBASS today.We recorded an album called REGGAE OWES ME MONEY not because it actually owed us money but the fact the we put so much work into reggae music and was not getting our rewards for it,reggae will always be our first loved music
Jago (Unit 137, Onlyjoe)
Jago first caught the attention of the UK underground music scene as front man for reggae band onlyjoe, as well as South London sound system unit 137. Ever since he’s been a regular performer at festivals and music venue events alike. Most recently working alongside Jungle legends Serial Killaz, Chopstick Dubplate, Reggae Roast and Bristol based all round bass music crew Kaotik Kartel (Glastonbury Festival sound clash stage champions) A signed artist to Tru Thoughts with releases on a ton of various labels working as a vocalist and producer. Jago has a serious body of work behind him and the future is set to be full of a ton more releases and big shows.
Deemas J is known for his Reggae and Drum and Bass style and is also a prominent figure in the Garage and House circuit. Primarily known as an MC, he has also become an established vocalist, recording everything from Funk, Drum and Bass to Reggae music.After Wrongtom’s release, ‘Duppy Writer’ with Roots Manuva, Wrongtom collaborated with Deemas J for his next album, ‘Wrongtom meets Deemas J in East London’ which garnered 4 to 5 star ratings in Q Magazine, Mojo, Rolling Stone and others.He works alongside sound systems such as Unit 137, Reggae Roast andSolution Sound, as well as artists such as Manudigital, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Nicky Blackmarket, Ras Kwame, DJ Shepdog (Nice Up records), Count Skylarkin’, Don Letts, Pied Piper, EZ, Kenny Ken, Tenoshi, Sleepy Time Ghost, Hylu (Unit 137) and more. His songs have been remixed by artists such as Ed Solo, Wickaman, Benny Page and Mo’Matic. You can catch Deemas J performing with Manudigital at Notting Hill Carnival every year. He also features at many other British, Irish and European festivals such as Electric Picnic in Ireland, Boomtown, Guernsey and Meet the Beats in Germany.
West Belfast raised [during ‘The Troubles’]. South London based. Performing worldwide. Rooted in Hip-Hop, DJing at breakinʼ [break-dance/house-dance] events from an early age as part of Belfast City Breakers in the early to late 90’s. Regular party starter in London town since 2000 [Resident DJ at Deal Real open mic, Itch FM homegrown rap show, various events]. A frequent DJ at club and dance events across east and west Africa since 2010. Regular at many of Kampala’s underground clubs. Scratch DJ in the Congo Natty live band. Selector with UNIT 137 Sound System. Has been tour DJ for artists as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Roots Manuva, Maverick Sabre, Natty and Immortal Technique.