Black History Month celebrations in Brighton always end with a gig put on by volunteers who are actively involved in BME events all year round. This year they have Dennis Alcapone, a 67 year old veteran of the deejay scene who ranked alongside Big Youth and U-Roy as one of the best deejays in Jamaica before moving on to production for the likes of Augustus Pablo and Dennis Brown.
Support DJ for the night is Brighton’s resident Reggae and Dub master, Prince Fatty. His selection of classic tunes gets the party nicely warmed up and he’s a good choice to kick off the evening.
After the warm up sounds, Dennis Alcapone takes the stage and looks dapper in his white suite and hat. He’s backed tonight by The Dubcats, made up of drums, bass, keyboards, sax, trombone and guitar, with guitarist Black Steel acting as backing vocalist.
The set is an uptempo selection of Reggae with a few Ska numbers thrown in, with Dennis singing and deejaying over the instrumentals. It’s a rocking set that keeps the crowd dancing, with his good natured chats between songs being greeted by cheers.
Black Steel also does a great job on backing vocals and takes the lead on a couple of numbers. His version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” going down well and prompting a sing-along.
This gig was a fitting end to the Black History celebrations in Brighton. It’s good to hear a balance of Ska and Reggae from an artist who’s been around for over forty years, Dennis Alcapone is a genuine Reggae great.