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Morgan Heritage, Jazz Café, London

Album: Easy Star All-Stars, ****

Dub Side Of The Moon, Easy Star

Mongo Santamaria

Percussionist who introduced the public to Cuban music

Notting hill carnival

Two million revellers are expected at Notting Hill's 33rd annual carnival, this bank holiday Sunday and Monday. Tomorrow is devoted to children, while adult festivities take place on Monday. The celebrations start each day at noon, finishing between 7pm-7.30pm. Horniman's Pleasance is also the venue for the National Steel Bands' Panorama on tonight, 7-11.30pm. These 12 Steel bands continue playing over the weekend and as the Carnival winds along the streets attractions will also include Mas' (75 costume bands), Calypso, and both Soca (a fusion of soul and calypso) and Static Sound Systems.

Music: Soundbites

Suggs from Madness

JAZZ Ernest Ranglin Jazz Cafe, London

That the guitar is really a percussion instrument in disguise should surprise no one who's seen a flamenco player knocking at the door of his instrument, or heard James Brown's Bobby Byrd beat the strings as if they were talking drums. Jamaican guitarist Ranglin picks at his fretboard so closely to the bridge that the resulting noise sounds like woodpeckers hammering away at a bough. The strings are tamped so tautly that the instrument's tonal palette begins to resemble that of a marimba, until Ranglin relaxes the action to move into more conventional chordings, intersecting big fat jazz licks from the classic Fifties school of semi- acoustic masters like Wes Montgomery or Grant Green. Mainly, though, he is content to skank, supplying the supple rhythm for an easy-loping reggae pulse, and decorating the beat with loose, scatter-shots of Studio One chugga-chugga rhythm-figures joined to proto-Memphis funk.

Pop: Great covers 12/ The Upsetters: `Super Ape'

In 1976 it was possible to hear Super Ape coming to get you through the undergrowth. This was Island Records' second front on the nascent British (for which read white) roots reggae market, consolidating Bob Marley's recent breakthrough into pop celebrity. Ape declared itself with heavy footfall, the woosh of uprooting trees, the repeat-echo of distant hyenas gnashing their teeth. Fashionable white people shivered deliciously. This was the "dread" sound of dub riddim, and thanks to Island, you could now buy Lee "The Upsetter" Perry's Black Ark records in Woolworths. Well, Boots.

Deborah Banks launches High Court claim against UB40

An amateur poet and songwriter who claims she wrote the lyrics to a hit by the pop group UB40 launched a High Court claim for royalties yesterday. Deborah Banks claims she wrote the song Don't Break My Heart, which reached number three in 1985.

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The rhythms of reggae and calypso echoed through the cathedral in Kingston, Jamaica, where the Pope was welcomed by the island's Roman Catholic clergy, AFP reports from Kingston. Addressing the island's young people, the Pope urged them to quit the 'easy road' of drugs, violence and casual sex.
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