By: Brian Jahn
Fast talking U.K. deejay Tippa Irie and his band backstage getting ready to perform at S.O.B.’s in New York City. I’m not sure when this was taken in but was probably around 1986-7. New York in the 1980’s had a pretty vibrant dancehall scene and there was no shortage of shows or clubs back then. A few of the reggae clubs had problems with violence and many eventually closed, S.O.B.’s on the other hand had managed to pretty much keep free of any serious incidents. They had some of the best reggae shows back then, the crowds were full of hardcore reggae fans with a cold Red Stripe or Heineken in one hand and a spliff blazing in the other. Acts like Culture, Israel Vibration, Sister Carol, Gregory Isaacs, Mighty Diamonds, Sugar Minott, Judy Mowatt, Brigadier Jerry, Shinehead, Shelly Thunder, all appeared regularly.