Kiddus I is a reggae singer and musician, best known for his appearance in the film Rockers.  In 1971, he set up a Rastafarian commune and craft centre located between uptown and downtown Kingston which became a unique feature of a city generally divided by social class.  He was a member of Ras Michael’s Sons of Negus from 1971 to 1978. He recorded several self-productions in 1972 with Aston Barrett at Joe Gibb’s studio, but these were not released due to lack of funds. Kiddus had by then released a few singles on his own Shepherd label, including “Security In The Streets” which was recorded with Lee Perry at his Black Ark studio.   Kiddus was a prominent member of the Peace Movement, and “Security in the Streets” was one of the first of several songs recorded in appreciation of the Peace Treaty of 1978 between rival political gang-leaders Claudie Massop & Bucky Marshall.  After releasing a handful of further singles, and recording an album that was not released due to the master tapes getting lost, little was heard of Kiddus I until French label MakaSound issued Inna De Yard in 2005, one of a series of albums recorded acoustically by vintage reggae artists in Jamaica.  Japanese label Dub Store Records then reissued some of the 1970s singles, followed by the anthology Graduation In Zion: 1978-1980 in 2007. In June 2009, Kiddus I released Green Fa Life (Naya Records), remarkably his first full length electric instrumentation album of his 30+ year career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ0xaG430wg – Kiddus I , “Graduation

Prince Alla is a roots reggae singer whose career began in the 1960s, and has continued with a string of releases into the 2000s.  Alla’s career began in the vocal group The Leaders with Milton Henry and Roy Palmer, who recorded three tracks for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 1960’s.  When The Leaders broke up, Alla continued to work with Gibbs, who issued his debut solo release, “Woo Oh Oh”. In the mid-1970s, he released a single “Born a Fighter” for producer Teddy Powell before working with Bertram Brown’s Freedom Sounds, with a series of recordings, now under the name Prince Alla, that are now regarded as roots reggae classics, such as “Sun Is Shining”, “Bucket Bottom”, “Lot’s Wife”, and “Stone”.  Continuing interest in his work saw the release of two albums of material from the 1970s on Blood & Fire records, Only Love Can Conquer and I Can Hear The Children Singing, which brought his work to a new audience. Alla continued to release records occasionally through the 1980s and 1990s, including an album with Jah Shaka. Alla has continued to be in demand with digital roots producers, and has released several albums with the likes of Jah Warrior.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdEXesRaJ4 – Prince Alla, “Addis A Baba”

Inna de Yard Movements will be performing and special guests include Ruffi-Ann, Magma, K Vibes, Hugh English & Donovan Joseph.  Fatal Impact International with DJ Slaughter and DJ Moses will be selecting.

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