Ranking Joe launched his recording career right around the time that the reggae/dub movement began sweeping the world during the mid-’70s; he’s a renowned producer and founder of Studio One.
Coxsone Dodd took Joe under his wing as he landed a DJ spot with a sound system called El Paso Hi-Fi. With Dodd overseeing Joe’s early sessions, a debut single was issued in 1975 (under the name of Little Joe), “Gun Court.”
From there, Joe branched out and worked with a variety of other reggae producers (including Bunny Lee, Watty Burnett, and Derrick Howard), which resulted in forming a new sound system which included U-Roy, and a name change to Ranking Joe. It was also during this time that Joe developed his trademark: a vocal style that showcased his talent for reeling off speedy tongue twisters. After relocating to New York City (the Bronx), Joe continued to produce recordings for other reggae artists, including Frankie Paul, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown, Glen Washington, Glen Brown, The Meditations, King Tubby, Shinehead, and Papa San.
Here’s the line-up:
Live Music: Ranking Joe (Jamaica), Lady I (Manila), Red-I meets King Spade (Cebu): “Kings Music EP” launch.
Selectas: Don P (Red-I Sound), Master T and T-Cash (Big Answer Sound), Norris King (Legal Shot Sound).
MCs: MC Rastaro (Red-I Sound)
Powered & Supported by: Irie Sunday, Ichiban Festival, OTO Records, Team Manila.
Music starts at 9PM, Entrance fee 150Php.
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