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A big week at Brukbar/Blæst The legendary Jamaican producer and dub pioneer Lee Scratch Perry is riding his reggae train all the way to little town Trondheim, and it’s going to change your life. This 80-year old upsetter has his roots deep in the classics of reggae, and was the creative effort which helped unleash Bob Marley on an unsuspecting world. A humble songwriter for the likes of Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and King Tubby, Perry was the modest muse who worked tirelessly, fascinated and engrossed in the background. As others moved on to make their own fortunes, he remained committed to experimenting with the musical form. In the 70s he started the infamous Black Art studios and collaborations with many of the greats followed - Max Romeo, The Congoes, the Abyssians , Delroy Wilson, The Heptones and even the Clash. Today Perry is adored for visionary influence and enjoyed for his eccentric performances - expect wild costume, adorned with mirrors, shaman-like bangles and red beard dye. He brings with him long term musical associate Mad Professor, who is no slouch neither. One of the biggest names in Dub, The Mad Professor has been working with Perry since the 80s and has remixed for Sade, Massive Attack and the Orb amongst others. But why are we telling you al this? If you haven't bought a ticket by now then your chances of getting in are gone up in smoke, just like Black Art Studios did, when Perry burnt it down in ’84. But have no fear, for Brukbar/Blæst are pulling out all the stops to deliver you quality music in the run up to Lee Scratch Perry and Mad professor. Get your hip-hop, dub, dancehall, reggae fix two nights early with DJ Joddski’s Fette Najs club night on 9 April, featuring the Norwegian rap artist know for his DJ sets in Trondheim and Oslo. And get a glimpse of a star of the future in the form of Silvana Imam,playing on Friday 8 April. Hiphop by genre, but with a wide range of influences and a staunch political angle to her work, Silvana has taken her homeland Sweden by storm. With her long awaited debut album coming this spring, this is sure to be an expectant crowd, greeted with all the fist pumping and controversy which has seen Silvana sell out concerts across her homeland. "I was mad. In my heart. But not in my mind. I have never been physically mad,” once wrote Perry. Just wait brother, just wait… This is gonna be an epic long weekend at Brukbar/Blæst . 8 APRIL Silvana Imam 21:00 200 NOK

9 APRIL Fette Najs 21:00 100 NOK

11 APRIL Lee "Scratch" Perry + Mad Professor 21:00 350 NOK - SOLD OUT! All at Brukbar/Blæst, Nedre Elvehaven

Jazzfest One to plan ahead for As the ice begins to thaw, so does our resolve to stay in and be ‘homely’. With so much going on this period we might be in danger of exhausting ourselves too early, because next month there is an event of world class music which deserves an early mention in all our calendars. Trondheim’s very own international jazz festival, Jazzfest, has been around in one form or another since 1980 and now it’s back with a boom. The List spoke to Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk, Jazzfest’s general manager, with responsibility for the festival’s artistic content. “Trondheim has a high international standing in the world of jazz, not least because of the success of Jazzlinja at NTNU (a programme which offers education in a creative jazz, started in 1979), which has delivered forerunners for new European jazz for decades.” “We’re working on making Jazzfest an established destination, though we are quite different from other festivals in general. I think we have an excellent festival programme, because we have a large proportion of homegrown productions, as well as commissioned works and world premieres: collaborations playing together for the first time, etc.” This year Jazzfest will present four such commissions and no less than 12 homegrown pro-



ductions, including Frode Fjellheim and Mari Boine with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. You’ll also get the chance to hear international star Dee Dee Bridgewater with Trondheim’s own Knut Lauritzen Bigband. Check out the website for programme information, tickets and details about the conference, consisting of seminars, workshops, “artist talks” and a panel discussion. Full listings in next issue of The List - an interview with one of the most exciting bookings, Eyes of a Blue Dog, playing at Brukbar/Blæst 4 May. And if you can’t wait so long, then check out Jazzfest’s warm up event, Zap Mama at Dokkhuset on 17 May. This Congolese/Belgian artist is returning too Trondheim for the first time since 2011 and promises a harmonic treat for your ears, laced with African vibes and style. 17 MARCH Zap Mama Dokkhuset 390/290 NOK

4 - 8 M AY Jazzfest Various prices and venues, see Festival pass 1590/590 NOK More information in issue 10 of The List

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The List - Issue 9