Saturday, 13 October 2012

Saturday Scratch #13

When Frank Dowding embraced Rastafarianism in the early 1970s, he amended his name to Kiddus I, Amharic for 'blessed one', and between 1971 and 1978 was a member of a band previously featured on Saturday Scratch, Ras Michael's Sons of Negus.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Kiddus recorded a number of solo singles, among them 'Graduation in Zion', which featured in the film 'Rockers'. During 1978 a handful of tunes were cut with Lee Perry at the controls, the best known of which is 'Security in the Streets', an appreciation of a recent peace treaty between political gang-leaders. Great tunes both, and well worth checking out.

After his brief period at the Black Ark, Kiddus continued to record for a number of other producers, before slipping from view at the beginning of the 1980s. The results of these sessions belatedly seeing the light of day as 'Graduation in Zion 1978-80' in 2007, a worthy addition to any collection.

Here's my personal favourite of those precious few Scratch produced tunes, 'Crying Wolf'.

Enjoy your weekend.


Previously on Saturday Scratch.

6 comments:

Old Pa's Corner said...

Thanks Mr S...No Kiddu...best thing I have heard all week. You certainly know yer stuff, that is for sure...keep 'em coming!

The Swede said...

Thanks OPC, I'll do my best!

Singing Bear said...

That's really cool. I don't recall coming across this before. BTW, have you seen or heard the new compilation of Lee Perry 12" mixes? Mine's on order and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it.

The Swede said...

Don't know about the compilation of which you speak Mr Bear, but I'm excited! Is it Black Ark period stuff or later?

flycasual said...

Platinum sounds, the Swede!

flycasual said...

Just went for a hunt for the version version Crying Wolf and found a brilliant Nyabingi take!

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