Legendary UK dub producer Mad Professor is now based in Whitehorse Lane, SE25 6RE but previously in Thornton Heath…
Ariwa is the Yuroba word for communication.
His son, Joe Ariwa, is now doing dub stuff also. There is an interview with him and Malachi, Jah Shaka’s son, in issue 4 of Woofah.
From the Ariwa website: “The question is often asked, just how sane is The Mad Professor ? Judging by the contents of his character and by the results of his recordings, and the variety of the artistes who has passed through Ariwa studios then he is certainly one of the sanest producers around. Neil Fraser began his musical career on the technical side of things as a service engineer for mixing desks and amplifiers. That skill and a good ear for “on key” music became his asset when he began building a 4 track studio at his home in Thornton Heath. At school Neil was christened Mad Professor by friends who were amazed by the experiments he was carrying out. By the turn of the Eighties, Mad Professor launched the Ariwa label and released “Come back Again” by Sgt. Pepper, then came “Young Girl” by Family Love, “Love Power/Love On A Two Way Street” by Divinia Stone, “True True Loving” by Aquizim…”
From ‘Word Up’ intenet zine