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Tippa Irie of Thornton Heat – Global Reggae star!

Tippa Irie b1965, lived in Thornton Heath – I think he still does. I found an old 45 vinyl disc of his in the MayDay Hospital foyer bric-a-brac shop the other day. 5P – a bargain. Its a nice photo sleeve with cool blue typography. The A side is ‘Heartbeat’ a sweet pop record which was issued as fifth of Greensleeves Records ‘Bubblers’ series in 1986 and charted at 59.

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But the discovery was on the B side which was a dramatic change to heavy dub with ‘Live As One’. This blew me away with its strong dub mix and lyrics calling for solidarity which makes as much sense today as in the Eighties. The question that comes to my mind is about whose idea was it to make this subversive record with its candy pop A side which carried the ‘real message’ on its flip side? Is this Tippa or one of the producers (Cracknell and Donegan)? The composer of both songs is Tippa a.k.a. A Henry .

http://www.45cat.com/record/tippa5

http://www.tippairie.com/

latest news on his page on Facebook – touring India

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