The 60th Earthstrong Brunch Celebration for Mafia
“It was 1977”, Mafia says, “It all started when I was 15. I loved reggae music, it was the time of the big sound systems, I just had to be around the music, I must have shown promise then, as my mother bought me a £5 guitar which I got off through a school friend”. Mafia, inspired by producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, was confident, telling a school band that used to play in music lessons, “I’m going to be a big producer one day!”. Needless to say they all laughed. Mafia’s older brother, Dingle, encouraged the band to practice and they did whenever they could.
Meanwhile, younger brother Fluxy loved the playing on the turntables of his uncle Ivan with the Wizard HiFi sound system. When the drummer, Chris, got called away to play for a band, Mafia told Fluxy. “Well, looks like you you have to learn this drumming ‘ting now!” And for a while Fluxy’s home made kit of a stereo speaker box for a snare drum, a bicycle lamp for a hi-hat and a odd shape microphone for a kick drum held the beat for them.
The 60th Earthstrong Brunch Celebration for Mafia takes place on Wednesday 10th August 2022 at Ma Petite Jamaica, 4 Inverness St, Camden, NW London.
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