THIS IS JAMAICA 86’ has the honour and pleasure
to announce Original 80s Dancehall Legend….
This is Jamaica 86' was started back in 2010, in the UK city of Birmingham. Taking you back to the 80s when Reggae morphed into Dancehall. Synths, computers, drum machines and raggamuffin MCs became the norm.
Now in 2019 This is Jamaica 86' brings you the digital classics mixed with a modern 8bit twist.
Jamaica 86' is and will always be run in original soundsystem style that means no set times, no egos, just straight up reggae bubblin'
Music on the night...
TIPPA IRIE (UK SAXON SOUND SYSTEM) Original fast chat deejay (MC)
U-KEY (JP, IRIE STYLEE) – raggamuffin dj/mc and
a regular feature of Jamaica 86’
OLBI IYAH (UK, JAM JAH) – dj, CEO and embodiment
of Jamaica 86'
Tippa Irie started his musical career in South London on his father’s Sound System called Musical Messiah. Family members soon realized that young Tippa had talent and encouraged him to enter local talent competitions. Most of the local Sound Systems in the area also recognized his
talent and invited him to perform on their Sound Systems.
The ﬁrst Sound System to actually record Tippa on record was Sir Lloyd on the LGR record label where he made his ﬁrst record at age 17, called The Opposite. Shortly after, Tippa got his ﬁrst big break when he was asked to join King Tubby’s Sound. He stayed with King Tubby’s for a couple of
years before being spotted by Dennis Rowe and Lloyd Francis from Saxon Sound System, who were both blown away by Tippa’s talent. They asked him to come to South London and join Saxon Sound.
Saxon Sound System became the forefront of the UK Reggae and Dancehall scene and helped launch the careers of Maxi Priest, Papa Levi, Smiley Culture, Tippa’s sister Miss Irie, Daddy Colonel, Daddy Rusty, Roger Robin, Peter King-who created the fast talking style that Saxon MC’s were famous for- and many more.
The sessions were recorded on cassette tapes and as the tapes
circulated, their popularity grew. Tippa and Saxon became famous all over the
UK, USA, Europe and Jamaica. Record labels such as Virgin, Greensleeves,
Island, Ariwa and Fashion became interested in the artists’ on the Sound.
Greensleeves oﬀered Tippa a
recording contract which he accepted and went on to release ‘Jus a Speak’ with
Daddy Colonel. Next, came a string of singles including ‘Good to have the
feeling you’re the best’, ’Complain Neighbour’ and ‘Hello Darling’ which hit
no. 1 in the British Reggae charts. Hello Darling also sailed to number 22 in
the British National charts and was a hit all over Europe and the
‘Hello Darling’ was taken from Tippa’s ﬁrst album ‘Is it really
happening to me’ released in 1986. Since that album, Tippa has released 15
studio albums with several number 1 hits including ‘Ragamuﬃn girl’ ft. Peter Hunnigale and ‘Superwoman’ ft. Winsome which
were released in 1989. ‘Stress’ ft. Lloyd Brown was released in the 90’s.
The 90’s was a great decade for Tippa. He also teamed up with
Mad Professor in 1994 and recorded the critically acclaimed ‘Rebel on the roots
corner’. ‘Shouting for the gunners’ was recorded in the 90’s for the Arsenal
Football Team and reached the top 30 in the British pop charts. ‘It’s a love
thing’ ft. Lloyd Brown was also a big hit in the 90’s.
We can safely say there is not a continent in the world that
Tippa has not graced with his talent. From Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica to 12
cities in China, all 50 States in America, almost every country in Europe, all
over Asia including India with The Reggae Rajahs, Thailand, Vietnam,
Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore. Also Australia and Africa including
Gambia, Kenya and Botswana.
Artists’ from all over the world have requested to work with him
in all types of music genres. He worked with the Black Eyed Peas and was
nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for the worldwide smash hit single ‘Hey Mama’
which Tippa wrote with Will-I-am and taken from their album ‘Elephunk’. He also
worked on the BEP’s next album ‘Monkey Business’ on the track ‘Dum Diddley’
Tippa Irie continues to be one of the most consistent artists’
around and is not afraid to continually reinvent himself and venture into diﬀerent genres to keep his music fresh and current which attracts
people of all ages.
In 2018, Tippa started touring with the UK reggae legend David
“RamJam” Rodigan on tour with the 25-piece Outlook orchestra celebrating 40
years in the reggae business performing to several sold out crowds.
Strictly original dancehall vibes.
Dress code: dancing shoes, No Man United strips