General Jah Mikey & Scientist’s Spectacular Two-Man Show
Long before veteran vocalist General Jah Mikey developed his effortless, versatile flow, he and legendary sound engineer (and dub pioneer) Scientist, also known as Hopeton Brown, were teenage friends; they met in Jamaica, the country known universally (and officially dubbed, recently, by popular reggae artist Yaadcore’s new debut album) as “Reggaeland.”
Scientist and General Jah Mikey’s bond was forged at legendary King Tubby’s studio, and, it survives, stronger than ever, as demonstrated by the success of their spectacular two-man show (June 11, at DiPiazza’s, in Long Beach, California).
General Jah Mikey recorded his first song as a professional at the tender age of 17 in 1985. Since migrating to the United States a year later, he’s carved out a successful career and continues to produce quality music.
With Scientist at the controls expertly manipulating the sound, General Jah Mikey delivered a sizzling, standout set, one that left happy patrons—with the bass still pounding in their chests—wondering, even if only momentarily, if they had just experienced a seismic event.
Sometimes, especially when it comes to special reggae happenings such as this, pictures and video do better justice describing the irie character of things than words; so, I hope you’ll enjoy the photos (slideshow) and video footage I took to document the backstage, unparalleled access I had to these two artists’s brilliant bond, and, the fruits of their creative collaboration. Blessings!
For more Stephen Cooper articles about Scientist/General Jah Mikey check these:
Scientist & Violinist Alicia Previn: Taking Dub to Another Level > Click here
DiPiazza’s and Scientist Serve Up Sensational Reggae > Click here
Soul Syndicate in the Studio—with Scientist! > Click here
Legendary Sound Engineer Scientist in the Studio: A Photo and Video Essay > Click here
Interview with Scientist – Part 3 > Click here
Interview with Scientist – Part 2 > Click here
Interview with Scientist – Part 1 > Click here
Interview with General Jah Mikey > Click here