In a world which still tries to force the evil and false philosophy of white supremacy down the throat of the people, they would have us believe that Bob Marley is bigger than Reggae because of his white father. The truth is, while Bob Marley gained international fame and fortune from reggae music, he pales in comparison to some of the real geniuses of Reggae music.
Today we look at Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Lee “Scratch’ Perry is not only the most genius of a producer to come out of Jamaica, he is probably one of the most genius of producers the world has ever known.
Scratch as he is affectionately called is responsible for a lot of the brilliant early work from The Wailers, including the chart topping Mr. Brown. In fact, Perry produced some of the greatest songs in the history of reggae music.
The eccentric, Hanover-born Perry also worked magic with Junior Byles on Beat Down Babylon and Curly Locks; Max Romeo on War Inna Babylon; Junior Murvin on Police And Thieves; The Congos, whose classic Heart of The Congos album he produced.
Most of the diminutive Perry’s productions were done at the Black Ark, a ‘haunted’ studio he operated from the back of his home in Washington Gardens, Kingston. It attracted hot acts from the United Kingdom like The Clash, one of the punk movement’s leaders, and singer Robert Palmer.
They were all dawn by Perry’s erratic talent and ability to conjure different sounds. The Ark burned to the ground in the early 1980s and Perry moved to Europe, where he is treated like royalty to this day.
Perry, who recorded as an artiste in the late 1960s and 1970s, is in demand throughout that continent and parts of the United States. In 2004, the 81-year-old won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for the aptly titled Jamaican E T.
He received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government in 2012.
So why isn’t Lee “Scratch” Perry not talked about by Jamaicans the way Bob Marley is? Because neither is mother or father were white so he never got the stamp of approval from white people. Unfortunately, most Black people (especially in Jamaica) only value what white people tell them is valuable.