Ken Boothe, The Steady 45s, Judah Eskender Tafari

Ken Boothe, The Steady 45s, Judah Eskender Tafari

Photo by Robbie G Ken Boothe

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Wed., Feb. 14, 9 p.m. 2018
$22

Location Info:

The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026
213-413-8200
“For the first time from Jamaica … Ken Boothe for U.K. pop reggae, with backing bands sound systems,” Joe Strummer once declared with star-struck admiration on The Clash’s punk-rock ode to reggae “White Man in Hammersmith Palais.” After citing a list of other early Jamaican idols, Strummer added, “And if they’ve got anything to say/There’s many black ears here to listen.” As with other reggae vocalists, Boothe was influenced by American soul and R&B, and you can hear those influences in his mellifluous voice. Unlike Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, Boothe is more of a romantic at heart than a fiery rebel freedom fighter, and in the 1970s he moved away from the intensity of reggae and ska into a lighter pop sound. Tonight, he’ll be backed by local acolytes The Steady 45s.
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