Reggae community celebrates International Women’s Day and book launch

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Selector Becca, Rasta Queen and Dub Plate Pearl at Lion Vibes’ all-woman open deck night

Brixton’s Lion Vibes will tonight (8 March) host an International Women’s Day event by the Dubplate Pearl project – Revival is Survival, with music, talk and Q&As from selectors Dubplate Pearl, herself, Rasta Queen and Texas Ranger, from 6 to 9pm at the Granville Arcade reggae shop.

Pearl said that Revival is Survival, an Arts Council funded dub culture project, began in 2019 with encouragement from Jacqueline Crooks author of the acclaimed debut novel Fire Rush, set in the sound system scenes of 1980s London and Bristol.

She suggests that after her event, reggae fans pop along to the launch party for Fire Rush Upstairs at the Ritzy.

Presented by Dub Me Aways, it will be an evening of “deep roots, heavy dub, and strong words” with guest selector Jah Youth the Roots Ambassador.

The book launch will be at 7.30pm with copies available via Brixton’s Round Table Books.

Lion Vibes’ regular first Thursday of the month open decks event last week marked the start of Women’s History Month with an all-female session organised by Dub Plate Pearl.

There were short sessions from many women, inclduing veterans Sister Culcha, Rasta Queen and Debbie Golt; established DJs like Kaya M, Tara Mallen, Etta Bond and Lady Issachar, plus others like Mighty Steppa (ab enigmatic young French selector), Thali Lotus, Laura Dance, Mash DJ and mother-and-daughter team Lou and Angela.