Mark Professor – Oystah Card


Oystah Card – Tune.. review..

Mark Prefessor, out now, buy it..
Mark Professor, out now, buy it..

There’s a new tune getting spun at Murphy Towers, ‘Oystah Card’, a fun uplift of Jamaican Jerk Mixed U.K. pepper sauce with a dash of humour, a pinch of patois, and a suspicion of hit about it.

And top hole of all… it’s by someone I’ve seen perform on many occasions about the London Reggae revival scene, namely at Tighten Up a night that has morphed about Town for many a year. Mark Byer aka Mark Professor.

It’s got cheek, he rides the riddim like lizard pon a limb, it has a certain Britishness, it’s light, but it’s heavy (ish). It reminds me of that quirky nod and knowing wink that Kilburn and the High Roads had, that was thusly imparted to Suggs and his lot of Mad Men.

Word is Roddy loves it too..

In my role as Bigmikeydread Reggae radio supremo and self inflated fat person people send me ’nuff demo, ’nuff tune, ’nuff stuff, ’nuff already. Mark Professor didn’t, Mark Professor just put together with his crew a tune worthy of spondoolick donations from my very own personal wallet, albeit a Paypal purchase on eBay. Further word is that it’s all but sold out, not a wonder to this here one.

Hear it below..

 

Sound System at the V&A Museum


Staying Power: Decks, Dance and Dialogue 1950-2000

Promotional image for Staying Power: Decks, Dance and Dialogue 1950-2000
  • What:
    Special Events
  • When:
    Fri 18 April 2014 14:00
  • Where:
    The V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: Explore the themes captured by photographers who have recorded the black experience.

A day and night event, open to all, to discover how photography has recorded the transformation of music, the wave of subcultures and the shifting disposition of a nation. Chill out with DJs in the garden, bring your photographs to our preservation experts, share your photo story with an oral historian, attend an image-making masterclass and show off your results in our pop-up display.

Jointly organised with the London International Ska Festival and Tighten Up Crew

Staying power is a partnership project between the V&A and the Black Cultural Archive (BCA) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Collecting Cultures Initiative

U-Roy UK tour 2013 Don’t bother, you’ll come home disappointed. A Review.


Brighton 27th March 2013 U-Roy

Simple as this, Headlining on the promotional material, U-Roy was on the Mic inĀ  2 and a half hour period for about 8 minutes.

Banditry. The promoter will be getting a letter from the trading standards authority telling them why a customer was desperately unhappy at the way in which he and many others were treated. General Trees and Little Twitch, who were not hardly highlighted on the poster for the gig, took the Mic and rocked the house for an extended period and did so with nuff style, some great tunes, well-selected and some fine toasting and boosting of a now non existent Stur Gav ‘Sound’, in my opinion a wallet of cds and a few self promoting specials by the likes of Blender and Coco Tea do not constitute a Jamaican Sound System, but I was prepared to let this one drop… not however the shit way the punters were treated by both promoter and U-Roy.

Daddy Roy, or Robber Roy as I think I’ll be referring to him from now could have taken the Mic at any point he so wished, and yet he preferred to stand with the selector, staring at an iPad for much of the gig, occasionally looking on with a wry smile. Probably thinking of the money he was raking in for doing…. urr… exactly zilch! Perhaps he was on eBay trying to buy up some of his rare back catalogue on auction.

Bandit Bizness by Promoter and Daddy Roy
Bandit Bizness by Promoter and Daddy Roy

Truly shameful performance by someone I once had a great deal of respect for. This was an example of something I’ve seen before and yet another occasion where ‘white bwoy a follower’ stand and listen to supposedly roots and culture artistes tell them about all about one love, unity, peace and love and equality while having their wallets washed out by people who don’t live what they preach and teach.

Shame on you.

Early B – Microphone Doctor – Get Inna The Army Lyrics


I’ve long held that Early B is one of the best lyricists of Jamaican Deejaying, here I think is ample illustration of just why!

If you’re not sure, check how he rides the rhythm on this tune!

EARLY B – GET INNA THE ARMY

Yeah, Lord, Mi Get In A Dee Army
Early B Gone In A Dee Army
Hear Mi Now
Mi Get In A Dee Army
Mi Say Mi Stay A Mi Yard Mi Make an Application
Fi Join Up The Army As A Militant Man
Mi Get A Reply From The Training Sargent
Say Fi Pack up Mi Grip? and Come June Twenty One
Mi Say Goodbye To My Kids and Woman
Mi Carry Two dozen Brief and mi say Six Long John
Say Up A Newcastle mi say in the Wood(?) Land
The Way the Place Cold It Come Like England
Two Shirt Two Pants and Gloves Pon Mi Hand
And Every Morning You Hear the Training Sargent
Im’ Say Three Mile A Run In A Dee Open Land
Some Time A Green Bay fi Practice Session
Mi Helmet Pon Mi Head Mi S.L.R In A Mi Hand
Six Weeks A Mah Need Dat a Down A St. Anne
The Passing Out Parade Up A Up Park Camp
Ca’ Mi Gone In A Dee Army
Early B Gone In A Dee Army
Well Hear Mi Now
True Mi A Big Superstar Mi In A One J.R.
A S.M.G. And a S.L.R
A ‘Matic Pon Mi Hip and A O-fficial Car
Mi Don’t Come A Road Unless Them Bruk Big War
Mi Fire My Gun Like A Falling Star
Say One Mile Away Shoot Out You Cigar
A Shoot Out The Tyres Of a Speeding Car
When I Say Don’t Move Say Stand As You Are
I’ll Shoot Dem From Near And I Will Shoot Dem From Far
When They Send Mi Pon A Mission Down A Sav’ A’ La Mar
Fi Look Fi A Man Wheh Have A Big Scar
Mi Sight Up The Guy Leaning Right ‘Gainst A Bar
Him Sight The Licence Plate Marked One J.R.
Him Take Away ‘Im ‘Matic From ‘Im Round Faced Bar
‘Im Lick Three Piece But ‘Im Never Reach Far
Mi Lick Sixteen Piece And Mi Come Outta Mi Car
Mi Empty Mi Automatic Chamber Bar
Ca’ Mi Get In A Dee Army
Early B Gone In A Dee Army
Well Hear Mi Now
Mi Affi ‘Elp Serve Mi Country
Mi Say mi Gone In A Dee Army
R-R-R-Ribby Bong
Mi Say Full Suit A Green A When Mi Drop Pon The Scene
Mi ‘Av a Smile Pon Mi Face Mi No Act Too Mean
Ca’ Mi Gone In A Dee Army
Lord… Say Mi Get In A Dee Army
Well Hear Mi Now
Say Mi Stay A Mi Yard Mi Make an Application
Fi Join Up The Army As A Militant Man
Mi Get A Reply From The Training Sargent
Say Fi Pack up Mi Grip and Come June Twenty One
Mi Say Goodbye To My Kids and Woman
Mi Carry Two Dozen Brief And Mi Say Six Long John
Say Up A Newcastle mi say in the Wood(?) Land
The Way the Place Cold It Come Like England
Two Shirt Two Pants and Gloves Pon Mi Hand
And Every Morning You Hear the Training Sargeant
Im’ Say Three Mile A Run In A Dee Open Land
Some Time A Green Bay fi Practice Session
Ca’ Gone In A Dee Army
Ah With Mi Helmet Pon Mi Head An Mi S.L.R In A Mi Hand
Six Weeks A Mah Need Dat a Down A St. Anne
The Passing Out Parade Up A Up Park Camp
Say Mi Mother Baby Mother Wan Mi Ten Other Gal
A Watch Early B Big Big O-ficcial
True Mi A Big Superstar Mi In A One J.R.
With Mi S.M.G Mi Get A S.L.R.
With A ‘Matic Pon Mi Hip and An O’ficcial Car
Yeah..
Serve Mi Country
Be’Cause Mi Gone In A Dee Army

(Transcribed by Mike Murphy June 2010)