This weekend sees the Oxford reggae fraternity flex its muscles with a trio of shows proving once again that Caribbean music is rife in the city. Whilst Mr Skylarkin has a well deserved weekend off, the baton is picked up by three of Oxford’s prized reggae promoters.
Friday we celebrate the welcome return of Bassmentality down in The Cellar, with live music from twelve-piece local roots heroes Makating, alongside soundsystem DJs DestaNation and resident selectors. Together with fellow Oxfordian reggae acts Dubwiser, Raggasaurus and Jamatone, Makating have earned a healthy reputation from gigging across the city. With the students back this is set to be a road-block - get down early (doors 10pm, £5adv).
I’m sure there’s an old Jamaican wives tale that says the perfect cure for a hangover is jerk chicken, rice & peas, and the sweet sounds of roots reggae from the soundsystem. Get all the above and more at the Natty Hi-Fi free all-dayer at the Black Swan, just off Cowley Road, this Saturday afternoon. Natty have been holding down fundraising events for years across east Oxford, and this Saturday is no exception, with all proceeds going to the Kenyan Nasio Trust (1pm – 8pm).
By Sunday you’ll feel like you’ve had your fair share of vibes for the weekend, so what better way to finish it than a trip to the Port Mahon, St. Clements, for the monthly Lord ‘av Mercy night. In the upstairs room you’ll be teleported to a Kingston, Jamaica backstreet bar with flags, free Caribbean snacks and candlelit tables, blazing out the finest sounds of reggae, dub and dancehall. It’s totally free, and the best way to see out your weekend (doors 8pm).
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By Robin Lomax of http://www.sensibledancehall.com