HORACE ANDY

1 JUL 2017 - MUSA CASCAIS Stage

It begins in 1951 in Jamaica, near Kingston, Horace Hinds, this Justin Hinds’ cousin (Ska’s star with The Dominoes) has not much to wait in life except that musical fairy bend on him.

As the fairy, it will be Coxsonne Dodd from Studio One that will launch him as a product by rebaptising him Horace Andy, in the name of Bob Andy of The Paragons. Thus launched, Horace Andy will chain the singles and little by little impose his tone so particular, soft and sad, committed and casual. In a few singles, he became one of the most original voice of Jamaica with hits such as Fever, Mr. bassie or Skylarking, that will mark for ever the Reggae history.

But to really understand Horace Andy’s music, we have to accept to get lost in a plethoric, there we discover how Horace Andy never stop work again his tunes in the course of the meetings (Niney the Observer, Prince Jammy, Jah Shaka, Massiva Attack, etc.): lover, roots, dub, Horace Andy cross styles and times.

From Kingston to Connecticut, via New York to London, he multiplies collaborations, forks out covers above originals (“Where do the children play” of Cat Stevens, “Ain’t no sunshine” of Bill Withers).

But Horace Andy ain’t no follower, it’s the young fellows then unknowns of Massive Attack who will ask to Andy to come to collaborate with them. The alchemy will be perfect on the albums Blue Lines and Mezzanine to the point that we shall often assimilate Horace Andy as singer and member of the band.

The circle is completed, but the adventure does not stop there for our crooner, far from being crumbling Horace Andy still get on stages and tours regularly, the opportunity to hear one of the most beautiful voice of Reggae and rub itself to a legend.