Princess Pavilion: The Abyssinians & Dillinger|
Posted Mar 02, 2005 - 01:08 PM
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Appearing at the Princess Pavilion Tuesday 8 March...
"There is a land, far, far away, where there's no night, there's only day....."
If any one song can lay claim to being the ‘definitive reggae anthem’ it is Satta Massa Gana by The Abyssinians. Not only has the tune long since qualified as a 24 carat classic but it has also been the catalyst for an extraordinary number of ‘versions’, in turn helping to define the very fabric of contemporary reggae. The Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, is delighted to give Abyssinians fans the opportunity to welcome these statesmen of reggae live on stage on Tuesday 8th March.
The history of Satta Massa Gana is steeped in the inner city ghetto experience that shaped roots-reggae during the late-Sixties. The song with its vision of a paradise for the dispossessed people of African descent had a bearing on many ghetto youth in Jamaica, and the tune – the title means ‘give thanks’ in Ethiopia’s Amharic language – was a sensation. The Abyssinians have since set the standard for vocal harmonies and roots consciousness in reggae music with their strong, prayerful voices touching peoples hearts, heads and souls. Satta became a reggae staple for many artists while The Abyssinians themselves recorded further Satta songs. A string of hits followed including Yimmasgan and Declaration of Rights and they went on to produce and record albums: Satta Massa Gana, Forward and Arise, 19.95+Tax and last year released their latest album Tree of Satta.
Also appearing is Dillinger, who found worldwide fame with Cocaine In My Brain and his particular speciality; to chronicle and comment on daily ghetto 'runnings' over a selection of the best rhythms. Tickets available from the Princess Pavilion box office 01326 211222 (9am-1pm) £14 advance or £15 on the door.