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- Me, Myself, and I
- ‘We’re the PlayStation generation/Xboxed up on your CCTV/You can file us under hoodie or Asbo as you take away our identity’, sings Natty on his song ‘Coloured Souls’. The 24-year-old from North London has long since swapped his hoodie for dreadlocks and a thoughtful take on what it is to be young in the inner city today. Using sounds from around the world he sums up modern Britain with pinpoint accuracy.
Obvious Bob Marley comparisons seem less relevant when you learn that Natty featured samples of Simon And Garfunkel, Neil Young and Nas on the mixtape that became his early calling card, covered Afrorock hotshots Vampire Weekend during this February’s iTunes Live concerts, and has booked indie acts such as Mr Hudson & The Library and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. at his successful Kentish Town club night Vibes And Pressure. Tours supporting Hard-Fi, Kate Nash and Adele have endeared him further to fans with broader tastes to match his own. ‘I grew up listening to a lot of reggae, but also African music, Pink Floyd, Dylan, Neil Young and a whole heap of Motown.’
The nickname admittedly has a Marley connection. As a 13-year-old he left a copy of Marley’s 1974 album Natty Dread on a sunny windowsill at home, causing the vinyl to warp and sustaining much abuse from his mother in front of his delighted friends. His pals kept his embarrassment simmering by calling him Natty, and when he ‘locksed up’ at 16 the moniker stuck still stronger. ‘Locks aren’t just Rastafarian, they’re African. They came about for me after a period of being bad, when it was time to start saying no to a few things. It’s a spiritual thing, and it’s about reminding myself where I come from.’
A smart, thoughtful singer with integrity and a diverse sound ready for summer and beyond ¬ with or without assistance, it shouldn’t take too long for the people to decide that Natty is a true star indeed.
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BOSS SOUNDS FESTIVAL 2008
OCTOBER 18th – 19th
VENUE: NEWCASTLE CARLING ACADEMY
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SW
Sly and Robbie – Taxi Gang – Misty in Roots – Jerry Dammers – Pioneers – Natty – Symarip – Iration Steppas – Alpha and Omega – Ska Cubano-
£17.50 per day
£30 weekend ticket
Boss Sounds festival of legendary reggae is back for 2008 celebrating Black History Month in fine style with a line up of both classic reggae names and newcomers as well.
Headliners Sly and Robbie are the worlds greatest rhythm section and have played with all Jamaican legends not to mention Grace Jones and Mick Jagger. Other headliners are UK’s Misty in Roots and ska legends Pioneers and Symarip. New York collective Easy Star All Stars and ska meets Cuba – Ska Cubano compliment the two day programme with host and DJ for the occasion former Specials superstar, Jerry Dammers. Newcomers ‘Natty’ and ‘YesKing’ are scheduled as well as the UK’s premier dub selectors Iration Steppas and Alpha and Omega.
Reggae stalls and Caribbean catering make the two day event a festival special and the after show party till 4am at World Headquarters on the 18th ensures that reggae music dominates Newcastle for the weekend of October 18 and 19th.
Please spread the word on this annual reggae event
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH CARLING NEWCASTLE ACADEMY
DOORS 4PM – 10.30PM
SLY AND ROBBIE AND THE TAXI GANG
YES KING featuring MARK RAE
DJ JERRY DAMMERS and EARL GATESHEAD
Room 2 sound system
Alpha and Omega feat. Rootsman Rak, I Natural and Jonah Dan
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19TH CARLING NEWCASTLE ACADEMY
DOORS 4PM – 12 AM
MISTY IN ROOTS
EASY STAR ALL STARS
DJ JERRY DAMMERS and EARL GATESHEAD
Room 2 Sound system
Iration Steppas Sound system
AFTER PARTY Saturday October 18th
WORLD HEAD QUARTERS
Curliol Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6UQ
11pm – 4am
Alpha and Omega
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Natty is up for Best Festival Urban Act at this year's Festival Awards.
The winner will be decided by a public vote - so click here now and get yourself over to the Festival Awards to show Natty some love.
And the artists aren't the only winners, when you place your vote your name will also be automatically entered into a draw to win tickets to every winning festival's 2009 event, as well as the chance to present an award at the ceremony on Thursday 30th October at the IndigO2, Greenwich, London.
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