Lee Scratch Perry, the Jamaican musician who founded the musical genre of dub, died at the age of 85. He was always a pioneer of reggae music and he opened up profound new depths.
Jamaican media reported the news that reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry passed away in Lucea, Jamaica. He was hospitalized. No cause of death has been given. Prime Minister Andrew Holness sent his deepest condolences to Perry’s family, saying “Lee “Scratch” Perry was a legend both at home and abroad.”
As a musician, producer, and sound engineer, Lee “Scratch” Perry was at the forefront of the Jamaican roots-reggae movement. He is known as the founding father of dub music, which is characterized by its haunting use of space and echo. Like other genres, dub music would have a profound influence on post-punk, hip-hop, dance music, and many others.
Perry’s live performances were magical. His unique style and performance attracted Reggae music lovers across races and cultures. We decided to put together 10 of his best live performances
Lee Scratch Perry and EasyRiddimMaker at Reggae Jam 2013
At the 2013 Reggae Jam event, Perry showed his versatility. His selection included some of his early dubs and a number of cross-overs from his 2012 releases.
Reggae Sun Ska 2012
Reggae Sun Ska is Europe’s largest and most well-known reggae music festival. The festival is held in southwestern France. This event combines legends of the genre with modern superstars, creating a quintessential reggae experience. Festivalgoers can enjoy all types of reggae, such as roots, dub, ska, dancehall, ragga, and more.
Rototom Sunsplash 2011 (Full Concert)
The Rototom Sunsplash is a prestigious annual reggae festival that takes place in Spain every summer. It attracts thousands of fans from all over the world with a diverse and rich program of cultural and musical events for ten days.
Philharmonie de Paris 2017 (Full Concert)
The Philharmonie de Paris complex is dedicated to music in all forms: concerts, exhibitions, conferences, instrumental practice, publications. At Perry’s 2017 show at Philharmonie de Paris, he performed well-known reggae songs like Punky Reggae Party, Sun Is Shining, and Soul Fire. Recorded in 4K, it was a groovy and spectacular show.
With Subatomic Sound System Live at the Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC, Canada
Subatomic Sound System is an American record label and collective hosting musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. Founded by Emch and Noah Shachtman in 1999, Subatomic Sound System has become a multifaceted organization whose goal is to promote both emerging artists and established talent both locally and internationally.
Perry’s 80th birthday celebrations at Brixton Electric
Perry’s 80th birthday was a milestone for this legend with a resurgence in his popularity. A documentary and art piece called “Visions Of Paradise” was created by director Volker Schaner who followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Switzerland, and London.
His performance at Brixton Electric was hyped to be a dynamic and historic event exploring roots and bass. Alongside Lee Scratch Perry, the exciting lineup included Mad Professor (also mixing Perry’s set), Trojan Sound System, and Channel One Sound System.
Performance with Pura Vida: Live in Bredene 2015
This performance with Pura Vida was remarkable. Fans were treated to a wide range of mixes and dubs.
live in Amsterdam 1992 Melkweg
Live at Brooklyn Yard 2009
Garance Reggae Festival 2013
About Lee Scratch Perry
Perry was born in 1936 in Kendal, Jamaica. In the 1950s, he got a job working for Clement Coxsone Dodd, who had a recording studio. Perry took this experience and started his own label called Upsetter.
Perry is a legend in the music industry. But he has made his mark in many ways. Along with his band Upsetters, Perry helped spread Jamaican music around the world. The Upsetters produced records by the Congos and Bob Marley & Wailers, and served as a major influence on acts such as Beastie Boys and Clash.