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ARTIST
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Drum Talk
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LP

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DO JS005-LP DO JS005-LP
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RELEASE DATE
1/8/2016

Leroy Mattis's first drum was a plastic butter container. "My mother wouldn't buy me a drum because back then the situation in Jamaica was very tense... In 1960 Jamaica was still an English colony, and the drum is a roots instrument." Tommy McCook was living two doors down; during the first years of The Skatalites, Mattis would practice there. In 1970 he was National Junior Drumming Champion, with Count Ossie winning overall; four years later his ensemble battled in the Senior finals with the drummers of The Light of Saba. "Our group was initially called Genesis, it was a 7-piece drum group, but I changed the name to Mabrak, which means Thunder in Amharic. We knew that we were coming with a heavy sound." Experiments in percussion, in the middle of the night at Harry J's -- funky versions of rhythms like "Curly Locks," "Too Late to Turn Back Now," and "Fattie Fattie," led by talking drums -- beautifully mixed by King Tubby, who couldn't believe his ears. Originally released in 1976, in paper inners only. Smartly sleeved in quintessential Dug Out-style this time around -- with an insert, including a recent interview with Mabrak.