Global Beats presents:
Rock Against Racism
Global Beats are proud to present
A Celebration Event of the Political & Cultural Movement;
ROCK AGAINST RACISM
FROM THE SPECIALS NEVILLE STAPLES AND HIS BAND
MACKA B AND THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND
ATILLA THE STOCKBROKER
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), 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 stood up and helped bring together black and white fans in their common love of music, in order to discourage young people from embracing racism.
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.
FROM THE SPECIALS NEVILLE STAPLES AND HIS BAND:
THE ORIGINAL 2TONE LEGEND & HIS BAND PERFORMING SKA CLASSICS & CAREER HITS FROM HIS 40+ YEARS IN MUSIC:
40 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF GHOST TOWN, THE SPECIALS, FUN BOY THREE, SPECIAL BEAT, JUDGE ROUGHNECK, RUDE REBELS & MORE, INCLUDING SONGS LIKE GHOST TOWN, A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY, TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG, DO NOTHING, AIN’T WHAT YOU DO, IT’S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT, THE LUNATICS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ASYLUM, MONKEY MAN, PLAY A SONG
MACKA B & THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND:
Dancehall legend Christopher MacFarlane, better known as Macka B, (born 1966) is a British-born Jamaican reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years and one of Britain's most influential dancehall DJs.
As a practicing Rastaman, Macka B's music is based around the political and spiritual message of the religion, with an often light and humorous touch. Working with the Mad Professor, he combined dancehall and dub styles of reggae, although he has avoided a more commercial crossover approach.
The Members were always the thinking punk’s band of choice; angry but intelligent, a suss reggae sensibility and songs that, - Neil Spencer, The Observer & Uncut wrote The Members are an essential band that emerged from the musical revolution of the late-1970s, but while they are rightly regarded as punk they have always been beyond labels, their lyrics merging stories of everyday life with a dynamic, maverick style.
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER:
John Baine, better known by his stage name Attila the Stockbroker, is an English punk poet, multi instrumentalist musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer 1649, who combine early music and punk. He has performed over 3,800 concerts, published eight books of poems, an autobiography (which itself has 38 poems in it) and in 2021 his Collected Works spanning 40 years. He has released over forty recordings (albums and singles).