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Remember the Black Liberation Dub albums?

Remembering Mad Professor’s Black Liberation Dub series from the Nineties!

Merry Reggae Xmas to all our readers and a brighter New YEar.



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.


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 .

latest news on his page on Facebook – touring India

Mad Professor


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.

Woofah Mag: reggae – grime – dubstep

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