Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Rock Against Racism show featuring Roy Ayers, Misty in Roots and The Skatalites on Saturday 26 October 2019 has had to be rescheduled to Saturday 28 March 2020. Your tickets will remain valid for the new date. However, if you can't make the new show please return your tickets to the point of purchase to receive a full refund by Saturday 30 November.
Global Beats would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
With politics in Europe leaning to the far right and with Racism ever more prevalent on the streets of Britain we at Global Beats want to celebrate the times when Rock Against Racism (RAR) stood up and helped bring together black and white fans in their common love of music.
Rock Against Racism was a political and cultural movement that emerged in 1976 as reaction to a rise in racist attacks on the streets of the UK and increasing support for the neo-Nazi National Front at the ballot box. Between 1976 and 1982 RAR activists organised national Carnivals and tours, as well as local gigs and clubs throughout the country. The musicians came from all pop music genres, something reflected in one of RAR's slogans: 'Reggae, Soul, Ska, Rock'N'Roll, Jazz, Funk, and Punk'.
We have brought together some iconic acts to celebrate what RAR achieved.
Roy Ayers & The Ubiquity Band
Roy Ayers is an American Funk, Soul, and Jazz composer, Vibraphone player, and music producer. Roy Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer Jazz-Funk. He is a key figure in the Acid Jazz movement and has been dubbed 'The Godfather of Neo-Soul'. He is best known for his compositions Everybody Loves the Sunshine, Searchin and Running Away, and at one time was said to have more sampled hits by rappers than any other artist.
Misty in Roots
Misty in Roots formed in Southall, London in the mid-1970s. Their first album was 1979's Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record that was championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience. At this early stage, the band was a collective with five lead singers and various musicians, though by the time of the second album proper the band had slimmed down to just three members. Along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, Matumbi, and Black Slate, Misty in Roots were one of the most popular British reggae bands of the late 1970s.
Following their debut, Misty In Roots released four studio albums through the 1980s. The band had two BBC Radio 1 In Concert appearances in 1983 and 1985. They were invited to play in Zimbabwe in 1982 in recognition of their support for the independence movement and were the first reggae band to tour South Africa, Poland, and Russia. After a break from recording in the next decade, the band returned with a new mini-album Roots Controller in 2002 and continue to play concerts across the world.
The Skatalites are a Ska band from Jamaica. They played initially between 1963 and 1965, and recorded many of their best-known songs in the period, including Guns of Navarone.
The original members had played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. They backed most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, and many more. After disbanding in 1965 the individual members continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae. In 1983 The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in London at The Crystal Palace for the U.K version of The Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to the U.S.A and in 1986 the first US shows began at The Village Gate in NYC. In 1989 the band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour and in 1990 they embarked on their first headline tour of The U.S.A. and have not stopped touring the world ever since. Their unique infectious brand of real Jamaican ska pleases audiences of all ages across the globe year after year.