Saturday 6 July – Tomo (Japan) Inna Basement Session!


Heartical Hi-Fi is back once again to shake subterranean Melbourne with their scarey system of epic bass proportions, and show once again why they’re arguably kings of the Australian/Jamaican sound system culture.

This episode will feature Tomo from Japan, who plays as Redemtion Sound. New Zealand reggae culture magazine NiceUp shows Tomo as being influenced politically and culturally as a selector. He was exposed to inequality and government oppression through being Burakamin Japanese, who were regarded as lowly by defunct caste systems.

This in turn led to Tomo’s attraction to roots reggae. He spoke to Haarp Media recently, and told us that “people still don’t know what roots reggae (Rastafarian music) is about.”

T: “Some call it “dub” but In our music, dub is just a part of roots reggae (usually a B-side of a roots reggae 7”). Also many people don’t know the difference between roots reggae and dancehall because they don’t pay attention to lyrics (message). I want people to hear the message from sufferers and poor, not just dance to the riddim.”

He’ll be playing unique dubplates of the likes of Shiloh-Ites, Lion Youths and the Roots Tribe, and also adding his live chanting and dub mixing to compliment his arrangement. The show kicks off at 10pm, with the Heartical Hi-Fi crew playing in support. Entry is $10.

Saturday 6 July 2013. Starts 10pm. The Night Owl, 33 Elizabeth Street, entry via Flinders Court, Melbourne. $10

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