African Head Charge Soundsystem

African Head Charge SoundsystemAfrican Head Charge started life as a studio recording project in 1981 when the percussion genius of Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah combined with the studio wizardry of On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood.

Bonjo had come to England from a Rasta camp in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. From as early as he can remember he studied and played percussion, learning not only Rasta/Nyabinghi drums but also African and Afro Cuban rhythms. He also loved to experiment, which made working with Sherwood perfect.

Working with tape loops, manipulated and vari-speeded 1/4 inch tape that was re-recorded back to the multi track tape, reverbs and delays, this was then applied to the performances of the musicians. And so the first groundbreaking psychedelic African dub LP “My Life In A Hole In The Ground” was created.

Three more largely experimental studio albums followed throughout the 80’s… “Environmental Studies”, “Drastic Season” and “Off The Beaten Track” (1986) which is both a seminal recording in the progressive use of sound-bite technology and an excellent example of the integration of live instrumentation and programmed music.

In 1995 Bonjo left London to start a new life in Ghana and it was not until 2003 that he made a return visit to London. The following year saw the creation of “Vision of a Psychedelic Africa”. To celebrate the culmination of 30 years of endeavour between Bonjo and Sherwood, African Head Charge’s 2011 offering, “Voodoo Of The Godsent” was the first new release to mark the 30th Anniversary of the label.

In 2013 African Head Charge began a soundsystem project, featuring the live percussion of Bonjo Iyabinghi alongside selecter and MCs. We have great pleasure in presenting this show at Wee Dub Festival 2014, powered by Mungo’s Hi-Fi Soundsystem.

African Head Charge’s leader and master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah gives this year’ Wee Dub Clinic on Sunday evening before their set. More info on this here:

Date: Sunday 9th March
Session: 5
Venue: The Caves